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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Despite failing health, and a tiring TV production schedule, Mick Aston sat me down one evening, even as cameras were waiting for him, and spoke to me at length about the responsibility each archaeologist had. Please Email the Editor. There are several caves in Tamil Nadu with inscriptions in the Brahmi script.

Imagining a 4, year old Utopia, a living breathing actual Utopia that left evidence of its existence in archaeology. With its East-West cities where the walls never need be thick enough to ward off invaders, because peace and equality were taken for granted.

Remembering Iravatham Mahadevan – The Hindu

Retrieved from ” https: The preservation of history is so important and the work carried out here is very worthwhile. Those symbols — written by my ancestors 4, years ago, and tabulated and presented by Iravatham Mahadevan five years before my birth — would give me my biggest passion.

Spanning a period of years, iravathaam collection of more than 3,00, items comprising of books, journals, newspapers, printed ephemera and audio records. What had started as a pursuit for making kravatham working day as a bureaucrat meaningful soon became an all-consuming passion.

A New Interpretation And here was an officer writing the most enviable of books in a discipline that demanded profound methodological rigour! I met him first in Iravatham Mahadevan died this Monday in Chennai, at age His absence from our midst will be felt for years to come.


Iravatham Mahadevan

Texts, Concordance and Tables is the only openly available corpus of the Indus Script. When I met him in January in Chennai, he recounted maahadevan in Delhi, his official work in the ministry that he was attached to used to get over rather quickly and by late morning, he had nothing to do.

Mahadevan, or Jani as his friends called him, was a special person of extraordinary talent and a much-respected scholar despite his having worked in administration for most of his professional life. This advice and a great deal else came from Mahadevan through a series of emails from till Embassy — New Delhi It was a privilege to visit the Roja Muthiah Research Library and to admire the dedication and commitment of the staff who have produced a Jewel without any of the resources better endowed places take for granted.

So we got talking on and off on what he was doing and there were igavatham long telephone calls discussing his theories. He was instrumental in firmly establishing the view of K.

His chose, in fact, to be a bureaucrat mahadevsn joined the Indian Administrative Service at I had to decipher them with available estampages as well as photographs and eye-copies that I had managed to make. Claims of decipherment of the Indus script: My thanks to the team at the library for the excellent tour and kind hospitality during my visit.

Remembering Iravatham Mahadevan

Printable version Dec 31, It was in that I began serious engagements with his works. Madhavan, had excelled in. Terms Privacy About Us Subscribe.


Harrapan Heritage of Andhra: If there was one salve, it was that he died after a long-term archaeological and genetic study proved — as conclusively as these things can be proved — that the people of the Indus Valley were indeed Dravidian, were Tamil. He published the corpus with readings and annotations in but iravathaj major volume was published as Early Tamil Epigraphy from the Earliest Times to the Sixth Century A.

Iravatham Mahadevan helped decipher the Tamil Brahmi script, which allowed later archaeologists to read the inscription on stone celts discovered in Keezhadi, thus telling us that Thisan or Theesan owned a stone celt in his life. The cult object on unicorn seals: I had valuable explanations and discussions with the library staff.

Sivaramamurti, the director of the museum, took him under his wing and encouraged him to begin working on all kinds of ancient epigraphs.

Iravatham Mahadevan – Wikipedia

Aryan or Dravidian or neither?: An encyclopedia of the Indus script. It is an unsolved problem.

This article is closed for comments. Both the names and the locations of the inscriptions, which were often found on rock surfaces, were important.

It kahadevan great to get a firsthand account of the Indus Research Centre and to be able to see the work in various stages. He gave away his research to others to build upon. He also mapped, among other things, the geographical spread of the signs.

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