Dr. Bidur Bhattarai
Dr. Bidur Bhattarai has been working with HMML since 2018 when he was named a researcher and project coordinator for the partnership between HMML and the University of Hamburg, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) that is focused on safeguarding manuscripts in Nepal. A native of Nepal, he holds a BA in Indian Astronomy from Nepal Sanskrit University, Kathmandu, a MA in Indology from Philipps-University, Marburg, and a PhD from the University of Hamburg, both in Germany. Prior to his current post, Bhattarai held a variety of teaching and research positions with the Philipps-University and the University of Hamburg. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops.
In his current role, Bhattarai is the local representative for project that is preserving, digitizing, and making accessible manuscripts from various archives and libraries in Nepal.
What he enjoys most about his work: “I’m motivated by the positive energy, the knowledge, and the professionalism among the people with whom I work. I come from a society whose history and cultural heritage is at risk due to man-made or natural reasons. To be able to save, preserve, and research is my passion.”