Infosys founder Narayana Murthy's son Rohan Murty, will be launching his new passion this week - The Murty Classical Library of India - the non-profit initiative aims to take some of the best Indian classics to the world reports CNBC-TV18's Poornima Murali and Ritu Singh.
He had a short stint at IT major Infosys and since he quit in June last year, Rohan Murty has been nurturing his love for literature. His project - The Murty Classical Library of India, a joint venture with the Harvard University Press takes off this week with the launch of five translations. The collections range from Sufi poetry to works of some of the first women Buddhist poets. From the history of Akbar to the story of Manu.
Rohan Narayana Murty Founder, Murty Classical Library of India, said, "This is non profit. We literally make little or no money out of it. Our mission is to keep it as low as we can so that we are sustainable over a period of time. We want to survive a hundred years while at the same time make it incredibly accessible to people."
The project aims to translate texts from 14 different languages into English. Murty has invested over USD 5.2 million of his personal wealth and the first five books will hit bookstores this week. You can buy the titles on Amazon and Flipkart by the end of the month. Rohan hopes digital versions can be made available at very low or no costs.
"I personally have an aspiration though I don't know for sure if it is going to happen. Harvard is considering it. I am pushing them saying there should be digital editions of these books and the digital editions should be entirely free. That's my belief. That's my philosophy because arts and humanities need subsidies because you can't measure their value easily," said Murty.
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So far, the Murty Classical Library has signed on 32 books to be brought out over the next few years. While the current focus is on classical literature, Rohan Murty hopes to expand to other areas such as ancient maths and science as well.