François Gros Colloquium: Tamil and European rare books and manuscripts collection

When and Where

Friday, March 24, 2023 10:00 am to 11:30 am


Srilata Raman
Muthukrishnan Kannan
Prakash Venkatesan
Kristina Rogahn


Larry P. Alford, University Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries, Loryl MacDonald, Director, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, and Professor Srilata Raman, Department of Religion and the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto, cordially invite you to attend this colliquium to learn about Tamil and European rare books, manuscripts, dictionaries, plays, poems, religious tracts, travel stories, and more. 

This event will feature presentations on book history, cataloging, and digitization based on the remarkable collection in Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu, French, English and other languages donated to the University of Toronto Libraries by François Gros (1933–2021), a renowned scholar and Director of the École Française d’Éxtreme Orient in Pondicherry, India. 

In order to allow us to make arrangements for seating and refreshments, please respond by Monday 20 March to Lana Soglasnova ( if you are planning to come. If you have an accommodation need due to a disability, let us know when you reply. We will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

If you plan to join us online, please respond by Thursday 23 March to Lana Soglasnova ( We will email the link to you.


University of Toronto Libraries , Department for the Study of Religion, Centre for South Asian Studies