The Smile of Murugan: On Tamil Literature of South India

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BRILL, 1973 - Political Science - 378 pages
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Re: Prose and Arumuka Navalar.
Navalar was the Tamil scholar -Peter Percival's student and not the other way round as you have stated repeating anti Christian propaganda in Jaffna. Navalar learnt
Tamil under Peter Percival at the school founded by Percival where one third of the curriculum was devoted to Tamil. Percival used Beschi's prose material to teach prose. The Missions developed modern prose in Tamil. Navalar left in 1947 as a student because Percival admitted a lower caste boy. Percival got permission to revise the existing translations using the original Hebrew and Greek version only in 1848. A committee of six Tami-fluent missionaries did the Tamil revision/translation and Elijah Hoole of Jaffna accompanied Percival to India and assisted while the material was printed. Hindu propaganda even credits Navalar with writing the Bible.
School textbooks are used to propagate this error.
Further, Rao Bahdur C. W. Thamotharampillai a graduate of Batticotta seminary Jaffna and Presidency College Madras, searched high and low and pieced together Tolkappiyam Chollathikaram from delicate olas. He is not given credit in your excellent book, although his contribution to Tamil is far greater than that of Navalar.
see Wikipedia, Arumuka Navalar for references.
 

Contents

Introductory
1
Distinctive Features of Tamil Literature
9
Problems of Dating Relative and Absolute Chrono logy
23
The Cankam Legend The Texts
45
Analysing Classical Poetry
65
The Theory of Interior Landscape
85
Themes Motives Formulae 11 1
111
Late Classical Poetry
119
The Imperial Poet
207
An Enigma
218
Arunakiri the Great Magician
237
The Prose of the Commentators
247
Origins of Modern Tamil Prose The Historical and the Theoretical Problem
264
Tamil Renaissance
277
The Prose of Today
288
The New Poetry
313

Tolkdppiyam
131
The Book of Lofty Wisdom
155
The Lay of the Anklet
172
Saiva BhaktiTwo Approaches
185
Conclusion
336
Select Annotated Bibliography
339
Index
347
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