Some of the rarest of Malayalam literary works has transcended the physical barrier and have started a new life in the digital era, all thanks to the active participation of more than 200 Wikimedia users from around the globe. This has been part of a digitization contest organized by Malayalam Wikimedia to celebrate a decade of Wikisource. This has led to the successful completion of creating digital copies of 52 rare and extremely valuable Malayalam books that can now be found online from Wikigrandasala, the free Wikimedia library.
This no doubt will provide the newer generation a glimpse of literary works, most of which were written well over a century ago, titles which would have wilted away into oblivion without the digitization efforts.
Among the books that were digitized include Keralabhasha Vyakaranam (1877) by Vaidyan Pachumoothatu, Gangavataranam (1892) by Kodungalloor Kunjikuttan Thampuran, Malayazhmayude Vyakaranam (1863) by Rev George Mathen. Also featuring in the list are books such as Sampshepavedartham (1772), which happen to be one of the oldest known Christian works written in Malayalam language, Hastalakshanadeepika (1892) along with magazines such as Rasikaranjini and Mangalodayam.
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