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The IAS saw its modest beginning in 1982 at Tiruvanmiyur, a spiritual centre hallowed in the ancient literary and cultural traditions of Asia. Since then it has grown to become one of India's premier indological research and publication institutes.

The Cankam poems glorifying heroic deeds had a counterpart in the Kojiki anthology of Japan. The manyosu of that country echoed sentiments found in the love verses of the Cankam period. Institute of Asian Studies and include in its programme of work a comparative study of literature in addition to purely literary studies. It was evident to them that the interaction between the culture of South India and that of East Asian nations had contributed a great deal to the cohesion that characterizes the Asian ethos. The Institute of Asian Studies was conceived with the objective of strengthening the cultural ties between India and other nations of Asian.

The IAS logo symbolically representing the synthesis of two distinct cultures, the Indian and the Japanese is depicted by a traditional South Indian lamp along with of Japanese percussion instrument very similar to the Indian uTukkai drum (a small drum tapering in the middle). The sailing ship at centre represents the free exchange of ideas between geographically distinct cultures of Asia.

5th International Conference on Thirukkural, CHICAGO, April 5-7, 2024
11th World Tamil Conference, Chennai, 7-9, July 2023, Institute of Asian Studies, Chennai
Christian Scholars enrich Dravidian Studies
NEW ARRIVAL - Special volumes on Christian Tamil Lyrics- (Keerthanaikal)
Special lecture and Interactive discussion on Tamils and Tamil Studies in Russia 03-02-2020
Third International Conference on Thirukkural 23 24, September 2019, UNESCO Auditorium, New Delhi
New Publications
Second International Conference on Thirukkual, 27 to 29th June 2018, Liverpool, England
Invitation for International Thirukkural Conference
International Conference on Thirukkural, 17th to 19th May 2017
Thirukural National Conferrence in Mauritius Held on - 06-08-2016

Bodhi Dharma Center for Indian Philosophy
Bodhi Dharma and Zen Buddhism
Bodhi-Dharma was an Indian Buddhist monk who came to China (East land) from India (West land) in the first quarter of the sixth century. He brought Mahayana Buddhism to China. It is said that he was born as the third prince of a kingdom of south India. Coming to located east of Luo-yang of He-nan Province.


Library Services
The Library of the Institute of Asian Studies is the nucleus of thefourteen year old organisation. It is a full-time research library aimedto help the on-going research projects of this Institute, and act as acentre providing assistance for the promotion and propagation of AsianCulture.There is a moderate budgetary provision of Rs. 200,000/ for thepurchase of essential books and journals.

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