Tamil Heritage Foundation is formed as a non-profit, non-political, non-governmental organization to serve Tamils around the world. We engage in the digital preservation of Indian Heritage Materials. We evolved over the years the technical know-how for preserving heritage materials such as ancient palm leaf manuscripts and old books in electronic forms that are easily readable in CD ROM and in the web. This provides not only the freedom of information but assures democracy as well. By web enabling our ancient scripts that were mostly read and understood by particular section of Tamil Society, we make it available to all sections of Tamil society, International students of Tamil language and culture and to scholars in general.


We aim to digitize millions of palm leaf manuscripts still unpublished from various Governmental and private libraries, museums and private collections. This includes manuscripts dealing with indigenous medicine, mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, engineering (ship building etc.,) architecture, literature, music and arts. We plan to bring forth the forgotten scientific, medical traditions, evaluate them in the light of modern science and encourage new discoveries and patents. In the long run we plan to bring in a paradigm shift in the Indian (Tamil) psyche from a heavily conditioned colonial mindset to a self confident, vibrant Indian mindset.


We plan to undertake several projects in the coming years. Among them are:

1) Digital cataloguing of various manuscript catalogues that are currently available in print form and bring-in new entries as well,

2) Acquisition of the manuscripts for digitization, digital preservation, critical reading and editing; publishing (electronic and print versions)

3) Developing methods of electronic discussion across borders and generate worldwide interest that stimulate new discoveries, inventions, patents, patent protection.

4) Audio-video documentation of traditional practices in the preparation and treatment of disease

5) Pharmaceutical evaluation of Indian herbs for drugs

6) Developing R&D support for traditional healers

7) Abstraction of scientific concepts from ancient manuscripts for experimentation and evaluation

8) Developing indigenous curriculum that compliments the Anglo-American system that is being followed currently.

The list above gives a sample of projects that could be evolved from Heritage Materials that are in the form of text. Projects based on Tamil literature, painting, performing arts and others have been thought of. In essence Tamil Heritage Foundation will eventually over years develop Virtual Heritage Park that will inform, educate Tamils around the world in an interactive way. The electronic library maintained by THF will pass the test of time and Tamil will never face again situations such as burning a Library due to ethnic indifference.


THF acquires state-of-the-art technologies from Germany and India and engage Tamil IT professionals, Technical College/University students for developing the IT skills that are needed for this task.


Tamil Heritage Foundation is a global initiative to preserve and understand Tamil heritage in a proper scientific way so that our history, our science, our technology is understood correctly. THF will try to bring back the much needed Tamil pride for a sustainable future for Tamils living around the world.


Tamil Heritage Foundation was founded by Dr.Narayanan Kannan (South Korea) along with Dr.K..Subashini (Germany) and Dr.Kuppusamy Kalyanasundaram (Switzerland). It is a registered body in India with an Executive Committee.


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