History may not interest many of us, but for enthusiasts uncovering the past, always seems interesting. An opportunity to know the basics about the oldest Indian script is now open to Goans with the one-day workshop in Introduction to Indian Epigraphy and practical learning of 2000 year old Brahmi Script to be held on July 15.
Sawani Shetye, armed with masters in Archaeology and Ancient Indian history and Culture from Deccan College Pune, now runs the ‘Bhoomij Heritage Consultancy’ – an educational venture. She says: “This workshop aims to introduce Goans to India’s rich history which we don’t study in detail in Goa. It will enable people to read and write in an ancient script and also give them an idea about the Indian writing system and historical data through inscriptional records.”
The workshop will include a quick glance at Indian epigraphy, basics of Brahmi to enable the participant to read and write in this script. At the end of the workshop, a participant will be able to successfully read beginner level inscriptions.
It is open to students, history teachers to ancient history enthusiasts and coin collectors. This workshop will give people an understanding of the development of Indian scripts. “In Goa we have found few inscriptions written in Brahmi, one from the Kadamba era is housed in Goa State Museum,” she adds.
Sawani says that the workshop will enable laypeople experience the joy of reading the original inscriptions themselves. The workshop is being conducted by Bhoomij in collaboration with TRIBILS, a research wing of Boudh Sahitya Prasarak Mandal, Nashik.
(The workshop will be held on July 15 from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall, Directorate of Art and Culture, Sanskriti Bhavan, Patto-Panaji. Registration fees `1500 per participant.)
Maitreyee Bhosekar, a graduate in Environmental Sciences from Fergusson College, Pune has also completed her post graduation in Archaeology and Ancient Indian History and Culture, Deccan College Pune along with numerous allied courses including a certificate course in Buddhist Archaeology. She presently works with the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology, Government of Maharashtra, Pune and Nasik Circle.