SPECIAL On a few more editions of Tamil journals released for Deepavali. GEETHA VENKATRAMANAN
T he contents of these volumes that blossom once in a year range from philosophy to cinema and travel to the spiritual.
Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are proceeding towards the ashram of rishi Athiri. As they reach his abode, the sage receives them with warmth and hands over Sita to his wife Anasuya, woman of great spiritual strength, gained through her tapas. The affectionate lady uses her power to get fine jewellery and adorns Sita. Veteran Gopulu captures this scene on the cover with Tirupur Krishnan matching it with an absorbing story. The volume has a rich literary flavour, an interview with Solomon Pappiah and a tribute to Thenkachi Swaminathan enhancing the values. Short stories, poems and history find copious space in this edition, priced at Rs. 100.
The edition, as it is usual, lives up to its name, sumptuously filling up the pages with matters spiritual and divine.
Articles are about temples, places, people and subjects from Tamil literature and legend. The authors form an impressive line-up – Suki Sivam, Sudha Seshayyan, Rm. Veerappan, Velukkudi Krishnan and other scholars. Paramacharya's account of Vinayaka's origin and the attendant tales is delightful and illuminating. Numismatics gets a niche with Dinamalar R. Krishnamurthi's essay on coins of China unearthed in India. Studded with colourful pictures of deities and Gurus, the issue is priced at Rs. 100.
Poovarasankuppam Sri Lakshinarasimhar decorates the cover of this volume (Rs. 100), that opens with the message of Sri Bharati Tirtha Swami of Sringeri Sarada Peetam. There are articles on and by other gurus of the Math. The edition also offers information on temples seldom written about.
This edition comprises short stories, interviews with Vani Jairam and Dr. Karan Singh, essays on various subjects from literature to theology.
Sri Sai Margam
As the name suggests, Sri Sai Margam (Rs. 99) pivots round the saint of Shirdi – his teachings, devotees' experiences, poems and messages. Even short stories have spirituality running as an undercurrent. Bharatanatyam guru Latha Ravi writes on the show exponent Padma Subramaniam organised at the Brihadiswara temple, Thanjavur.
If the cover – Nataraja – arrests the attention of this special volume, Suki Sivam's essay on the Lord's Cosmic dance, beautifully visualised by Veda, is absorbing. The Malar gets its auspicious start with Paramacharya's message on Atmavicharam, apt for these times. In his typical simple prose style, the sage explains why daily rituals and prayers are important.
Look out for T.K. Nilakantan's write-up on the importance given to flowers in Tamil literature. Pictures by Gopulu, Maruti, Maniam Selvan and Vedha lift the article to great artistic heights. And Selvan's pays a poignant tribute to S. Rajam.
Velukkudi Krishnan's article on Azhwars and Tamil and M. Srinivasan's tour of temples rich in sculpture add value to this elegant volume (Rs. 120), which has all the regular features such as short stories, poems and profiles.