Category: Tamil Poetry

  • An Excellent Primer on the Tirumurai

    An Excellent Primer on the Tirumurai

    Tirumurai – Glimpses into Tamil Saiva Poetry  By Sharda Narayanan and Madhangi Rathnavel Published by Ambika Aksharavali, Chennai, 2021 No. of page – 380 Price – Rs 1,200 The Panniru Tirumurai form a very important part of the priceless legacy that is ancient Tamil poetry. Post the Sangam works this would perhaps be the next…

  • Touring the Tamil Isai Sangam – walk on Dec 4,2021

    Touring the Tamil Isai Sangam – walk on Dec 4,2021

    This walk, which was earlier scheduled for November 27, had to be postponed owing to bad weather. Those who are still interested may join. It stands as a grand edifice – a stately mix of art deco and traditional Chettinad, right at the corner of the Esplanade. The Raja Annamalai Manram is the home of…

  • Learning numbers from Navukkarasar

    Learning numbers from Navukkarasar

    One of the most fascinating Tevarams is Thirunavukkarasar’s Arputha Pathikam which describes Lord Shiva in numbers 1 to 10

  • Appar’s Ark

    Appar’s Ark

    ‘The animals went in two by two, hurrah hurrah, The elephant and the kangaroo, hurrah hurrah’ How well I remember singing this as a child in Vidya Mandir. I was particularly good at it though even then I wondered as to how ‘But for the lion they all felt fine,’ was supposed to rhyme. I…