Some of the floats in the procession taken out on the inaugural day of the World Classical Tamil Conference displayed incidents from Tamil history.
Kopperumcholan and Pisiranthaiyar
This scene depicts a poet, Pisiranthaiyar. Also seen is a tomb belonging to Kopperumcholan, a king, who is shown flying.
That love is God is a universal truth. For people like Pari and Kapilar, Athiyan and Avvai and Karnan and Dhuriyodhanan, friendship is godly. In this scene, the friendship between Pisiranthaiyar and Koperumcholan is shown as a unique relationship. The reason is that they both shared a deep friendship even without seeing each other.
This is the best example of two souls dwelling in one body. The King, after solving all the political crises in his country, fasts unto his death. Before dying he orders that a tomb next to his burial be reserved for his friend Pisiranthaiyar in the belief that his friend would be with him.
And Pisiranthaiyar proved his faith true by joining him at the end.
In another scene where Koperumcholan welcomes his friend from Heaven and Pisiranthaiyar sitting with his book, their friendship is praised by many poets. Cholan also had friendship with Pullatrur Eyitriyanar, Karuvur Perunchathu kkathupputhanathanar, Poththiyar.
After his son was born, Poththiyar starved till death for his friendship with Koperumcholan. This stands testimony to the unique and true friendship that the kings cherished with poets. This unique kinship between kings and poets can be seen in the Tamil tradition only and not among the North Indian Kings.
This float shows a cow sounding a bell while a boy is lying dead and a chariot with the charioteer inside. Also seen is the King, Manuneethi Cholan, whose son Veedhividangan, is seen lying dead.
Tamils abide by the tradition set by the great poet Nakkiran who argued that a mistake is a mistake even if it is committed by God. Manuneedhi Cholan, a righteous King of this lineage ruled his country with justice and honesty.
One day his son Veedhividangan, on his way to the temple in a chariot runs over a calf. Here we can see the cow pulling the bell for justice.
Hearing it, the King immediately orders his son to be punished. Despite the advice offered by learned counsels the King is very stubborn about punishing his son the same way he killed the calf.
This scene depicts the punishment being practiced indicating the virtuousness and unprejudiced deportment of the Kings of those periods. For them all were equal including blood relations.
The philanthropist Began
This scene depicts the act of Began, the king who gives away his shawl to cover a peacock shivering in cold.
The life of Began is a classic example of charity. In ancient days many followed the principle
“Pirapokkum Ella Uirkkum” and this manifested itself as acts of kindness and love. Began who went in disguise to visit his country to enquire about his people noticed a peacock shivering in cold. As soon as he saw it, he took off his shawl, and covered the peacock.
The thought “all creatures should live happily” and that “the duty of the king is to wipe off the troubles” of all his subjects, made King Began cover the peacock with his shawl.
The generosity and kindness of the king is evident from this act.