Chattampi Swami: An Intellectual Biography

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Centre for South Indian Studies, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 482 pages
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Chattampi Swami (1853-1924) was the harbinger of renaissance and reformation in Kerala. His thoughts and work influenced the launching of many social, religious, literary and political organizations and movements in Kerala and for the first time gave voice to those who were marginalized. This book is an attempt to understand how the universe of his thought was shaped, how he elevated himself from the ordinary man to a scholar and reformer extraordinary, what values emerge as we study the course of his life, what relation these values have to the life of the common people, what his teaching is, and how much of it is timeless and eternal. Chattampi Swami: An Intellectual Biography adds new dimensions to the understanding of the extraordinary figure of the late nineteenth century renaissance in India who made knowledge and spirituality integral to the social and democratic endeavor. Documenting the aspects neglected by earlier biographers the authors make a remarkable contribution to our understanding of the man behind the myth

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About the author (2010)

Dr. R. Raman Nair has associated with major digitization projects like Web Archives of Kerala Legislative Assembly Proceedings, Mahatma Gandhi University Online PhD Theses etc and is a member of many committees on digital archiving and information system development. Got the S M Ganguly National Award in 1998 for ICT application in research support systems. Has numerous published books on Information Science. Translated Kureepuzha Sreekumar’s poems into English and works of Hermann Hesse and Khalil Gibran into Malayalam.

Dr. L Sulochana Devi has been teaching Vedanta for the last 20 years, was in the faculty of Centre for Research and Higher Studies and Research in Sanskrit (Tripunithura) and Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit and is presently Associate Professor of Vedanta at the Government Sanskrit College, Trivandrum. Is a founder member of Centre for South Indian Studies and is associating with the Chattampi Swami Digital Archive project. Earlier publications include Historical Mahakavayas, Paramarthasara of Adi Sesa: A Study, and Sanskrit translation of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha.

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