Dr Abrol showcases his rare manuscripts, books at Jammu University

JAMMU: Dr Suresh Abrol, Renowned Art Collector and Manuscriptologist of Jammu and Kashmir State, who has the largest private art, antiques and manuscripts collections in the State, has showcased his collections in the recently concluded seven-day national workshop on Indian Scripts organized by the PG Department of Sanskrit here in the University of Jammu.

Dr Suresh Abrol who has painstakingly preserved rare and ancient manuscripts, elegant calligraphic works, rare Quranic manuscripts and art masterpieces, and is also the Executive Director of Abrol Manuscripts and Rare Books Library and Shashwat Art Gallery, Gali Tange Wali, displayed few of his rare collection of ancient miniatures in the workshop which was inaugurated by Prof Manoj K Dhar, Vice Chancellor University of Jammu.

Prof Manoj Dhar appreciated the efforts of Dr Abrol in preserving our cultural heritage in the form of these rare collections. This rare display drew huge crowds for all the entire week and was visited by various art lovers, researchers and collectors, he added.

Dr Abrol informed that he extended an open invitation to the University of Jammu, through its VC, to all the scholars and researchers to visit his Shashvat Art Gallery and do research work. This Art Gallery is a result of sincere efforts of Abrol and his two brothers who have converted their home into a museum. These valuable manuscripts are part of his grandfather Lala Rekhi Ram Abrol's collections who was a jeweller in the court of Maharaja Hari Singh, the last Dogra ruler, and collected many of these items.

"My father sought only one thing in inheritance - these ancient manuscripts and other collections. We consider them our real inheritance," he informed.

"I also told the Vice Chancellor that I would extend all sorts of support to any scholar of researcher from University of Jammu to visit this centre and conduct research on manuscripts, miniature paintings, genesis of miniature paintings etc.", said Dr Abrol adding that they have about 1,500 Pahari miniature paintings including Basohli School, Kashmir School, Jammu School and Kangra School besides hundreds of rare manuscripts. All researchers are welcome here, he said adding his family also has a laboratory to take care of 5,000 manuscripts written in Arabic, Persian, Sharda, Ayurveda and Sanskrit.

Dr Abrol informed that the VC, besides appreciating his efforts, also suggested to get these digitized which they would do subsequently either from National Manuscripts Mission or National Archives of India. His collections were also much appreciated and valued by Dr Meenakshi Kilam, Registrar of the Univrsity of Jammu who also visited the exhibition.


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