November 27, 2018

Iravatham Mahadevan, noted epigraphist, passes away

Iravatham Mahadevan, 88,one of the world’s leading scholars on the Indus Valley Script,the pre­eminentscholar on the Tamil Brahmi script, and a man of many accomplishments passed away here early on Monday after a brief illness.A former member of the Indian Administrative Service(IAS), Mr. Mahadevan joined the service in 1954 and took voluntary retirement in1980, after holding various positions in the Central and Tamil Nadu governments.In August 1987, he became the Editor of the Tamil daily Dinamani and served the paper for four years. He succeeded A.N. Sivaraman,who held the post for over 45 years. Mr. Mahadevan was awarded the Padma Shri in April 2009.
He was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in1970 for his research on the Indus script and the National Fellowship of the Indian Council of Historical Research in 1992 for his work on the Tamil Brahmi inscriptions. The Indus Script text ,Concordance and Tables,compiled by Mr. Mahadevan with a grant from the Indian Council of Historical Research and published by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1977, continues to be a definitive and an indisputable resource for Indus Valley scholarship. His Early Tamil Epigraphy, first published jointly by Harvard University and Cre­A in 2003 and subsequently in a thoroughly revised version by the Central Institute of Classical Tamil in 2014, is regarded as the most authoritative work on early South Indian epigraphy. Mr. Mahadevan also established the Indus Research Centre at the Roja Muthiah Research Library with his personal funds

Source -The Hindu

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