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We may as well call it the period of commentators. Madavi, on hearing of the death of Kovalan, renounced the world, and turned a Buddhist nun. The Tamilars have been laid under a great debt of gratitude by that great scholar and tireless compiler and learned editor of our days, Dr.

Rqmayanam are so many, and however small or big their help has been, the love behind the aid of each of ra,ayanam yields place jamba none else. The celebrated commentator Nacchinarkiniyar has written a gloss on it.

Since narai and kuruhu are suffixed to the titles of works, it is reasonable to conclude that they were musical treatises, and ancient Tamil land developed the arts of music and dancing besides literary activities. Brahmanical influence was in the ascendant.

Morphologically the one has no connection with the other. Shortly after, one business or other necessitates the husband’s absence in foreign countries for a shorter or longer period according to the nature of the business. Kamban, “the king of poets in Tamil’, is better known outside his Tamil country now than at Aiyar’s time.

Then they marry in public and settle down to the life of householders.

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However, a true spirit of devotion and piety, though blind or fanatical it might appear to us, pervaded the writings of this very troublous period.

These classifications are well explained in the following quotation from Tamil Literature by the late Mr.


Some very learned men are of opinion that the Original Home Dravidians were invaders and that they came of the Tamilar. There was an ancient gloss on the work by the well-known commentator Per-Asiriyar which has since become lost. Except in one or two places, Aiyar has taken these quotations from Griffith. A History of India By C. Being very brief extracts we have not sought specific permission, which omission, we sincerely hope, these large-hearted friends will overlook in the ramaaynam of knowledge.

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Besides the classical work Manimekalai, his contributions are to be found in the well-known collections of Ettuttogai. This fruit of Tamil Poesy is only one among the varied fruits and flowers in the Garden of Tamil. ih

We have, throughout the book, linked the translations in English verse with the original poems and have given references to Book, Canto, and stanza. The Tamil language retains an alphabet. A powerful Telugu empire was coming into existence on the banks of the Tungabhadra, which before the close of the fifteenth century absorbed all ennglish Tamil kingdoms.

Through the grace of the deity she got possession of a begging bowl which would be ever full and never empty. The French Academy was established in a. The first three Alwars are the earliest of Vaishnava hymnists. These epics have an undeniable advantage over the Indian maha kavyas in that their dramatic opening arrests the imagination even at the very commencement of the poem, while the Indian epics have to gather momentum before they are able to carry with them the attention of the modern reader.

The Die is Cast: Yudha Kandam 11, http: Unpublished Manuscript lost in disturbances. Whatever may be the date of its compilation, the events it treats of are ancient and hence invaluable to an antiquarian. Are of no use.

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In quality this new literature leaves much to be desired. With an uncanny presence of mind, Aiyar immediately returned the telegram unopened to the C. Such criticism comes from a lack of research and of appreciation of what constitutes prose.


The First N or have any of the writings attributed to this academy come down to us in their entirety, excepting probably a few doubtful quotations from Agastyam and one or two others. Marriage was solemnised by the parents on the self-choice of the lovers, and marital rites came into vogue when aliens proved untrue in their courtship. Love, again, is wedded karpuor furtive kalavu ; and furtive love leads to wedlock or the grave, for the rejected lovers cannot bear life without love.

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The use of pure Tamil words like Eluthu and Suvadi by Agastya proves unmistak? He assured us of his intention to kkamba English music and if possible also English dance as well We entered our mild protest against thus dissipating the energy of one’s youth in light-hearted pastimes.

Titles of distinction were also conferred on them. But, in Aiyar’s case, he was making these statements in a serious book with a view to adducing proof akmba convince the truth of what he was saying. Presently a dignified figure enters the box in front of us. In order to gain time, Aiyar started a round of negotia- tions and wanted to leave something behind him to keep his memory green among his countrymen. Rhyme and antadi forms were introduced to render the recital of sacred songs easier.

Aiyar with the avowed object of introducing this great literary enylish — the Epic of the Ramayana by Kamban — to those who do not know the Tamil language.