Professor Suranjan Das, an internationally acclaimed historian and Director of Netaji Institute of Asian Studies, is one of the principal well-wishers of this project. Professor Das was the former Vice-Chancellor of University of Calcutta and is currently serving as the Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University. In an extended career of teaching he has held numerous academic and administrative posts in national and international bodies, and has scores of publication to his credit. Although his area of specialisation is modern history, he is an enthusiast of classical Indian literature, culture and society. His enthusiasm for enrichment of Mahabharata-Ramayana-Purana studies is apparent from the very fact that he has extended his generous hand to support the extensive project of ours.