Connected to India: Singapore launches digital archive of Tamil dance. “The Digital Archive of Tamil Dance was launched on Saturday, November 30, at the National Library Board, Singapore (NLB)…. The event marks the completion of Tamil Digital Heritage Project – community-driven project aimed at creating a digital collection of Singapore’s Tamil culture, in particular music, drama, literature and dance.”
The Hindu: When logic takes a hike on Google Maps. “As anyone who has sat through grammar lessons can attest: language is a strange and amorphous beast, a spinner of expression that only the native speaker can truly understand, but not necessarily explain to others. A prime example of artificial intelligence going awry is the Google Maps application. While the English version is more or less accurate, the Tamil translations of place names is an inadvertent source of humour and outright ridicule.”
India Times: Digital archive brings rare Carnatic compositions to life. “Thanks to [KM] Soundaryavalli’s great granddaughter Bhargavi Raman, a lawyer and musician, students and lovers of Carnatic music will now have access to her 500 original compositions in Tamil, Telugu and Sanskrit via a digital archive … Born in 1914, KM Soundaryavalli is one of the few women composers of Carnatic music, a tribe that never got its due recognition during its time.” If you’d like a bit more information on Carnatic music, you can get an overview here.
Edex Live: Book lovers rejoice, Tamil Nadu Virtual Academy digitises and uploads around 10K rare Tamil books
Edex Live: Book lovers rejoice, Tamil Nadu Virtual Academy digitises and uploads around 10K rare Tamil books. “More than 4,000 rare Tamil books maintained at the medieval Saraswathi Mahal library have been digitised and uploaded in digital format in the digital library, created by the Tamil Virtual Academy (TNVA). In the first phase, one lakh books are to be digitised. So far, about 10,000 books and magazines from all the participating institutions have been uploaded in the digital library website.” One lakh is one hundred thousand.
Financial Express: Google bolsters Indian language support for more inclusive web. “Google has expanded support for nine more Indian languages, including Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada, across various products to ensure more people can access Internet in a language of their choice. Powered by ‘neural machine translation’, users will be able to translate between English and nine widely-used Indian languages — Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada.”
Outlook India: Digital archive of documents of Tamil agrarian history set up. “The documents recorded on paper, palm leaves and copper plates are a treasure as they provide a rare and unique opportunity to have a peep into various aspects of social history of village life in remote parts of the Tamil region at a time when a new power structure and social identities were being forged both with and against local traditional and feudal systems and British colonial legislations, it said.” This is for the region of Tamil Nadu, in India.