25 years of RMRL : Past Forward Anniversary Conference

Conference Day 1
2 August 2019

Keynote Address
10.00 – 11.00 a.m.

Graham Shaw, Former Director, South Asia Collections, British Library
India’s print heritage: a celebration and examination of the subcontinent’s place in global book history
Introduction by A. R. Venkatachalapathy

Session 1
11.15 a.m. – 1.15 p.m.

James H. Nye, Digital South Asia Projects Specialist, The University of Chicago Library
A Collaborative Model for Collection Development: Celebration and Assessment after 25 Years
Moderated by Bhavani Raman

A. R. Venkatachalapathy, Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies
Irupatām nūṟṟāṇṭut Tamiḻ accuūṭakaṅkaḷil viḷamparam: Oru varalāṟṟukkāṉa muṉvaraivu
Moderated by Bhavani Raman

Session 2
2.00 – 4.15 p.m.

Sumathi Ramaswamy, James B. Duke Professor of History, Duke University
Pachaiyappa Mudaliar and the Poetics of Extreme Generosity
Moderated by Panneerselvan

Bhavani Raman, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Genealogies of Return: Tamil Culture and the Bay of Bengal in 1940s-1950s
Moderated by Panneerselvan

Conference Day 2
3 August 2019

Keynote Address
10.00 – 11.00 a.m.

Kanak Mani Dixit, Editor, Himal
Pustakalaya to Abhilekhalaya: It is indeed more than a collection!
Introduction by Panneerselvan

Session 1
11.15 a.m. – 1.15 p.m.

Kombai S. Anwar, Director, Quaide Milleth International Academy Of Media Studies
Syncretic traditions & kinship in the Tamil Muslim Society
Moderated by Sundar Kaali

V. Arasu, Former head, Dept. of Tamil, University of Madras
Popular culture: RMRL- Agathiar / vekucaṉap paṇpāṭu : Rōjā Muttaiyā ārāycci Nūlakam – akattiyar
Moderated by Sundar Kaali

Session 2
2.00 – 4.45 p.m.

A. S. Pannerselvan, Reader’s Editor, The Hindu
The political is personal
Moderated by Kanak Mani Dixit

Sundar Kaali, Associate Professor, The Gandhigram Rural Institute
Poompavai (1944): Writing about a Non-extant Film Text
Moderated by V. Arasu

Paroma Sadhana, Programme Officer, Tata Trust
Sustaining Archives: An Act of Editing
Moderated by James Nye


Showcasing Tamil heritage through lectures, exhibitions, , seminars.


RMRL celebrates 25th year anniversary

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