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This book was made possible through the generous support of a number of funding agencies. A Fulbright grant, a grant from the American Institute of Indian Studies, and various grants from the History Department at the University of California at Berkeley all helped fund research in India. The electronic version of this book owes its financial and creative support to the combined efforts of the American Historical Association, the Mellon Foundation, Columbia University Press and their Gutenberg-e Award.

Avaya Inc. provided a leave of absence opportunity for a return trip to India where the multi-media components of this work were gathered in 2001. Both Margaret Hensle and Kim Blackburn provided the tremendous managerial support necessary to ensure smooth transitions away from and back to Avaya.

Research libraries in Chennai, Adyar, Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam all made their extensive collections accessible, and facilitated the difficult task of piecing together the suggestions I am making here. The librarians at the Andhra Pradesh Oriental Manuscript Library and Research Institute were particularly helpful in gathering and presenting palm leaf manuscripts for my use.

As with any book, the bulk of the thanks are due to people who helped in manifold and wonderful ways. Gene Irschick and Tom Metcalf were readers, guides, and advisors with every step. Kate Wittenberg, Gordon Dahlquist, Sean Costigan, and the rest of the electronic publishing community at Columbia University Press were full of encouragement and imagination at each new twist and turn of this two-year process. Gregory McNamee provided an insightful and careful reading of the text. And the American Historical Association and Bob Darnton were instrumental at shepherding the project through to fruition. Particularly helpful were the semi-yearly meetings with the other authors in the Gutenberg-e project. At those gatherings we helped each other decide what it meant to produce an e-book, and how we would strive to remain faithful to the vision of the text version while at the same time venturing into this new medium.

During my year 2001 visit to India, countless people assisted me in putting together the stills and moving images available here. Weavers throughout coastal Andhra, from Penuganchuprolu to Uppada, opened their doors for me and showed me their craft. While in Visakhapatnam, AppalaSwami and his group of minstrels traveled hours by bus and car late one February night to present to us their rendition of the Bobbili Katha. And my mother in law, Danamma Chatla, provided the sustenance of a warm welcome for me and my family during our entire stay in Nandigama.

The life of the creation of this book saw my parents providing assistance in every way imaginable. And through it all, my wife Vanaja and my children Isaac and Sarah remain my constant and unfailing support system.


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