24 November, 2020

Digital Memory

The Infosys czar trains his focus and funds to an Indian classics project at Harvard

Illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
Digital Memory

Where was the mango tree, where the koilbird? When were they kin?

Mountain gooseberry and sea salt: When were they kin?

—Allama Prabhu, in A.K. Ramanujan’s Speaking of Siva (Penguin Classics)

As Prabhu, a 12th-century mystic, says in a Kannada vachana, it is sometimes strange to see a connection between two disparate things or happenings, but it can, nevertheless, be a reality. Similarly, it may be difficult to associate N.R. Narayana Murthy, an eminent technologist, with a project on Indian classical literature at Harvard University, but it is, indeed, a reality. So much of a reality, in fact, that this project might just, in the time to come, overshadow the legacy Narayana Murthy has left behind at Infosys.

Less than a fortnight ago, Harvard University announced that the ‘Murthy family of Bangalore’ had established a new publication...



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