Give a brief account of manuscripts of India

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Give a brief account of manuscripts of India.
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How were ideas and information written before the age of print in India?
Answer:

  • India had a very rich and old tradition of handwritten manuscripts—in Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian as well as in various vernacular languages.
  • Manuscripts were copied on palm leaves or on hand-made paper.
  • Pages were sometimes beautifully illustrated. They would be either pressed between wooden covers or sewn together to ensure preservation.
  • Manuscripts continued to be produced till well after the introduction of print, down to the late 19th century.
  • Manuscripts were highly expensive and fragile. They had to be handled carefully.