Kalingathu Parani

  Translation by Chenthil Nathan   “He’ll come” you swing it open “He won’t” you swing it close You swing it all night till the hinges erode, Open that door. (Verse...

Silappathikaram – Excerpts in English translation

  Translated by Chenthil Nathan   Clamour of farmers, clamour of sluice gates, Clamour of water breaking river banks, clamour of revellers Celebrating fresh floods – escorted...

Poetry in a Landscape -The World of Sangam Literature

The magical word Sangam conjures up the golden age of Tamil literature, that lost paradise of Dravidian culture. It calls to mind the myth of...

Tirumurai The Sixth ( St. Appar’s Thaandaka Hymns)

  English Translation by Dr. T.N. Ramachandran   1. Has He placed on His crown of matted hair the moon against which billows of the great Ganga dash? Does He desire the musical...

Aka Nanuru : Palai – 163

  Translated by Dr. A. Dakshinamurthy   (The heroine speaks in desperation to her friend who consoles her) The cool clouds gathered in the sky And poured heavily with...

Silappadhikaram : The Story of the Jewelled Anklets – Prof. A.L. Basham

  Introductory Note: Silappadhikaram, the story of Jewelled Anklets, is rooted in the ordinary lives of the early Tamils of the Pandyan Kingdom in the first...

Sangam Poetry – Translations by A.K.Ramanujan

    What She Said Bigger than earth, certainly, higher than the sky, more unfathomable than the waters is this love for this man of the mountain slopes where bees make rich...

Aka Nanuru – Poems 55 & 70

  Translated by Dr. A. Dakshinamurthy Akananuru: Neytal – Poem 70 (Poet : Maturai Tamil Kutthanar Katuvan Mallanar) (The companion of the heroine discloses the happy decision of the...

Sangam Poetry – (Translated by A.K. Ramanujan)

  1. Yesterday, some people of this town said about me, she is the woman of that man from the seashore where great waves break on the white sands. Mother heard it and asked...
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