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Thanjavur: Literature and society are closely linked as the former recorded and reflected the changes that occurred in the later.
Among the literary forms, novels reflected the changes more vividly and remain a record of the cultural aspects of the particular period, region and society.
With a view to introduce contemporary Tamil novel writers to students and create awareness about them, a seminar on Tamil novels written in the beginning of 21st century was held at Tamil University here on Saturday. Eighteen Tamil novels, which revolve around the lives of the poorest of the poor, written by young writers, were discussed threadbare in the seminar in which the authors of the novels and the critic of the novel answered questions from audience.
C. Subramaniam, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil University, described the seminar as "sangamam of young writers". He said that the aim of organising such a seminar jointly with New Century Readers Forum as part of sliver jubilee celebrations of the varsity was to "blend tradition with modernity". Such a path breaking exercise is held 23 years after the University was established. The first seminar of this kind was held two years after the varsity was formed.
"Our aim is to kindle the spirit among our students to become future writers instead of longing for taking up some jobs for monthly salary," Vice-Chancellor said.
Dr. Rama Sundaram, former professor of Development Tamil, in his inaugural address at the seminar said that the first novel in Tamil was written in 1878 by Vedanayaga Mudaliar and the name of the novel was Prathaba Mudaliar Charithram.
Dr. Durai Seenisamy, analysed the novel "Vellavi" written by Vimal Kulandaivel. Other important novels discussed in the seminar were "Cholagar Thotti" written by S.Balamurugan, "Manalkadigai" by M. Gopalakrishnan and Thagappan Kodi by Alagiya Periyavan.
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