Iravatham Mahadevan is India’s most highly respected scholar of the un- deciphered ancient Indus script. Iravatham Mahadevan was an Indian epigraphist and civil servant, known for his successful decipherment of the Tamil-Brahmi script and. The scholar-epigraphist Iravatham Mahadevan passed away at the age of 88 on November 26 in Chennai, having lived a life – or should one.

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He tried to locate Dravidian elements in the signs and argued that several of these elements found their way into Vedic hymns. Someone who told the truth about history and allowed many others to dream of doing the same, is no more.

The Legacy of Iravatham Mahadevan

MARC21 format is used maadevan cataloguing. We could hold on to this name, these people and their stories and their lives and realise that the Tamil story, the Tamil civilisation stretched well into antiquity. It required a few small adjustments which Mahadevan recognised and that he worked out and that enabled him to read them. Murukan in the Indus script It was his research which allowed me to glibly dismiss any claims to classic status by any manadevan language.

The future of this collection is in good hands. Tell the world the truth of my people. They reflect a measure of adventure that a subject expert iravafham shy away from risking. Subrahmanya Aiyer that the writings found in the caves of Tamil Nadu in a script similar to Brahmi are a variant of Brahmi, which Mahadevan calls Tamil Brahmi, and in ascertaining that the language of the script is indeed Tamil. This article is closed for comments.

I was startled to discover that he was more knowledgeable about Indian epigraphy and the linguistic aspects of Dravidian and Indo-Aryan than some of the specialists. He inspired without needing anything more than his work and the truth it spoke. He added very quickly that he was not a man of idle fantasies but a serious student of mahwdevan subject. He applied the rules of linguistics and determined by positional analysis what might have been grammatical forms.


Vestiges of Indus Civilisation in Old Tamil What was truly amazing was that he was professionally so good as an administrator and yet, at the same time, was acknowledged as a scholar of a dimension that many of the best scholars would envy.

Inhe was elected the president of the Iravatha, Congress of the Epigraphical Society of India and in he became the general president of the Indian History Congress. But they were, significantly, the earliest written records in Tamil, dating to a couple of centuries before the Christian Era and continuing for a few centuries.

Remembering Iravatham Mahadevan

One of the main aspects that RMRL concentrates on is preserving existing material in alternate formats, for which the library has acquired specialized equipment. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Vivekananda College in Chennai and a law degree from Madras Law College, he joined the IAS in and remained in service for twenty-seven years, before taking voluntary retirement in I am very happy to see your research library.

I also hoped, as I told him, that he would not misunderstand what I wrote. For in my imagination, an IAS officer was expected to write nothing more than file-notings and the occasional demi-official letter. He proved with statistics and analysis that the symbols have relationships to each other, follow specific patterns and have spatial significance, and that they are not — and cannot be — random symbols placed at the whim of an illiterate hand, but the careful and skilled markings of a literate, thinking human.

The discussions will help me to improve the Jaffna library service. The use of extremely sophisticated equipment to preserve and archive the riches of a nation and make available to researchers of the world, using also the new information highwayhistorical records and information, is most enriching.

Iravatham Mahadevan did the academic equivalent of this in the s and held his ground against the gale of academic, political, and public opinion. The cult object on unicorn seals: The Writing Systemp. RMRL has a vast collection that reflects Tamil print heritage and culture.



Serious scholars question if the symbols and the scripts are not just totem signs, or brand marks of traders, or at best rudimentary hieroglyphs that do not add up to a comprehensive language. As in all iravathma work, his essentially rational approach was impressive.

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There was nothing in his education in that part of Tamil Nadu which showed any inclination towards a career in ancient writings. Like many who have made a career out of the study of ancient India, I will fondly remember him as a man who made a large contribution to a key foundation stone mahadevaj this edifice — through the study of epigraphy. One of the calls was iravagham Mahadevan: Where the ruler was the priest and this itavatham not a hereditary position, but just an office one went to.

The young Mahadevan studied science and law. Support Feel the pride in being part of us — Contribute to save a book or an activity Click here.

Sivaramamurti, then a curator at the National Museum in New Delhi.

Iravatham Mahadevan 2 October — 26 November [1] was an Indian epigraphist and civil servant, known for his successful decipherment of Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions and for his expertise on the epigraphy of the Indus Valley Civilisation. My first acquaintance with Epigraphy was in the early months ofwhen as student of ancient Indian History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, I was introduced to the Maurya and Satavahana Brahmi scripts in a course that Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya had offered.

His reply was instantaneous: Alpha and Omega of the Indus Script Iracatham or Dravidian or neither?: They will remain so for decades to come. I was now trying to expand and consolidate my familiarity with South Indian Epigraphy.