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UNESCO’s MOW Asia-Pacific Regional Register includes Indian literary Works

Why is it in the news?

  • Indian literary works such as Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra, and Sahrday膩loka-Locana have been included in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MOW) Asia-Pacific Regional Register.
  • These manuscripts were added alongside 17 other works from the region during the 10th meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

About Literary works

  • Ramcharitmanas is an epic poem written in the 16th century by Goswami Tulsidas. It is written in the Awadhi language and consists of seven K膩ndas, offering a poetic retelling of the events from the Ramayana.
  • Panchatantra, on the other hand, is an ancient collection of Indian fables written by Vishnu Sharma in Sanskrit. Notably, it is divided into five parts and is characterized by its unique “story within a story” structure.
  • Lastly, Sahrday膩loka-Locana, authored by Acharya Anandvardhan in Sanskrit, serves as a text of Indian Poetics. Philosopher Abinava Gupta has written a commentary on this work.
About MOW

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Memory of the World (MOW) Programme was launched in 1992 and includes three registers: International, Regional, and National.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The International Register contains various Indian entries, including the Tamil Medical Manuscript Collection and the Saiva manuscripts Rig Veda.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The overarching goals of the MoW Programme are to preserve the world’s documentary heritage, facilitate universal access to such heritage, and raise public awareness about the value of documentary heritages.

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