Exhibition curated by James Nye, Bibliographer for Southern Asia.
The exhibit presents North Indian materials ranging from historical publications to a variety of representations of the epic Ramayana, which have been presented to the Library by Mr. & Mrs. Kali C. Bahl. Mr. Bahl, Associate Professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Department of Linguistics, is a leading grammarian and Lexicographer of Rajasthan languages. His collections include historical materials composed in the seventeenth through twentieth centuries in Rajputana, and numerous versions of the Ramayana, an Indian epic which has undergone manifold adaptations in the regional traditions of South Asia. These works, of which a representative sample are presented in this exhibit, are valuable to students of the cultural, religious, and political history of the area, and available for study in the Special Collections Research Center through the generous gifts of Mr. And Mrs. Bahl.