Kamba Ramayana: A study, with translations in verse or by V. V. S Aiyar

By V. V. S Aiyar

"It isn't really effortless to persuade the literary international at this past due hour of the day that there's, unsuspected through the larger a part of it, a Tamil poet who's helpful to take rank with the best names in literature. it's, notwithstanding, my objective during this e-book to make an try to turn out that during the Ramayana of Kamban the realm possesses an epic which may problem comparability now not purely with the 'Iliad' and the 'Aeneid', the 'Paradise misplaced' and the 'Mahabharata', yet with its unique itself, particularly, the 'Ramayana' of Valmiki. this isn't the language of mere patriotic enthusiasm. it truly is an opinion that has grown slowly with the years and after deep and cautious research. and that i desire to make the neutral reader upward thrust from the examine of this monograph with a conviction of the reality of my competition and with a wish to recognize extra of the poet than what he'll see exhibited in the pages of this volume...

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D. D. D. 1450-1850 Modern VI Miscellaneous viii. The Sangam s. c. d . 500. This m illennium m ight perhaps appear to be a very long period ; b u t during th e first h alf of it none of th e ex ta n t T am il w orks, probably w ith the exception of Tolkappiyam and one or tw o others, w ere w ritten. The ancient classics of the Tam il people fre q u en tly refer to sangam s or societies of learned men. “ The w ord *Sangam ’, 1 i V. R. Ramachandra Dikshitar states (pp. 21) that the early poem Where there is a reference to this institution is the Maduraikanchai * (line 762).

He w as born at M ailapur, and w as a Jain . His fam e rests on Jivaka-C hintam ani, w hich, though based on a S an sk rit original, contains an expression of Ja in doctrines an d beliefs. Its o th er title, M u d i-p o ru l-th o d a r-n ila i-seyyu l, suggests th a t it trea ts of th e fourfold object of life and aim of a lite ra ry w ork, v iz . virtue, w ealth, pleasure, and bliss. It is the story of Jiv a k a from his b irth to th e attain m en t of bliss and has a com m entary by N acchinarkiniar.

These are th e seven ideals presented by this P rince of M oralists. R endered into alm ost every im p o rtan t E uropean language— English, French, G erm an, and L atin — th e R u ra l presents an ideal m onarchy p o rtray ed by this Citizen of th e W orld w ithin th e lim its of practicality and a t th e same tim e outdoing th e R epublic of P lato and th e Oceana of H arrington. A lm ost free from th e influx of S anskrit words, the K ural shows th e richness and pow er of the Tam il tongue.

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