The Pondicherry Centre, India

Head : Dominic Goodall
Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient
16-19 rue Dumas
605 001 Pondicherry, India
Tel.: + 91 413 233 45 39
Fax: + 91 413 233 08 86

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In 1955 Jean Filliozat, the eminent Indianist who would later serve as the Director of the EFEO for twenty years, with the encouragement of the Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru, set up the French Institute in Pondicherry. The IFP is dedicated to the broad study of the Indian world. For a long time EFEO members directed the Indology program of IFP, (philology, history of art and architecture, etc.). This partnership has continued since the EFEO established its Centre in a separate building in 1964. In this new setting the EFEO has housed its own collections and has provided facilities for Indian scholars.

Today the Centre provides a setting for the Library of Indology (about 11 000 titles), and houses a collection of maps and drawings, as well as manuscript texts on palm leaves in Sanskrit, Tamil, and Manipravalam. In 2005, "The Shivaite Manuscripts of Pondicherry"(EFEO-IFP) were entered in the UNESCO "World Memory" register at the joint request of EFEO, IFP and the National Mission for Manuscripts of the Indian Government.

The EFEO's permanent team comprises European and Indian scholars and technicians. Their work is regularly enhanced by contributions from visiting specialists and doctoral students. Research results of the EFEO Centre are published in form of monographs and include critical editions of texts in Sanskrit and Tamil, as well as translations of essential texts. Publications also include in-depth studies in literature, archaeology, epigraphy and history -- classic and contemporary, in addition to anthropology. Many of these works are published in the prestigious Collection Indologie jointly edited by EFEO and IFP. Today this represents a collection of more than 100 titles. The works of the EFEO researchers are also published in international and Indian journals.

The core research areas pursued at IFP follow:

The Pondicherry centre
Head: Dominic Goodall

École française d'Extrême-Orient
16-19 rue Dumas
605 001 Pondicherry, India

Tel: +91 413 233 45 39
Fax: +91 413 233 08 86

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Reading the Old Malaiyāḷam commentary on the Arthaśāstra
18 MARCH 18 As part of the work of
preparing a volume for the NETamil project, S.A.S. Sarma and Erin McCann are reading together the medieval commentary in Old Malaiyāḷam on the  ... Read more
Visit of Marzenna Czerniak-Drożdżowicz
14 MARCH 18 Marzenna Czerniak-Drożdżowicz, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, has passed a month at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO working with R. Sathyanarayanan on their  ... Read more
12 MARCH 18 On the occasion of the visit of the Belgian group Duo Laterna Magica, a concert entitled “Birdsong” will take place at 18:30 in the library of the EFEO, 19, rue  ... Read more
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Leslie Orr (Concordia University, Montréal) has been invited by Charlotte Schmid (EFEO-EPHE) and Gerdi Gerschheimer (EPHE) for a series of lectures on the topic Historiography of Archaeology /Archaeology of Historiography: Reading and Writing the Temple Inscriptions of Medieval Tamilnadu READ MORE
Poison-Spells and Protection in tantric literature from Kerala
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Lecture by S.A.S. SARMA on: "Some remarks on Poison-Spells (viṣavidyā) and Protection in tantric literature from Kerala" READ MORE
Cankam Workshop
India, Pondicherry, 29 August 2011
The Cankam workshop is organized by Eva Wilden from August 29th to September 2nd in Pondicherry. READ MORE
Workshop on Classical Tamil
India, Pondicherry, 15 August 2011
The Ninth Classical Tamil Summer Seminar is organised by the Centre of the École française d'Extrême-Orient in Pondicherry from 15-26 August. READ MORE
Lecture by Dominic Goodall on the Cambodian inscriptions
India, Delhi, 01 February 2011
Lecture by Dominic Goodall is at the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi during the first two weeks of February. He is giving lectures on the topic "What can Cambodian inscriptions tell us about India?"