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Change: C. Subramaniam, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil University, releasing a book in Thanjavur on Friday. Poet Arivumathi receives the copy.
Change: C. Subramaniam, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil University, releasing a book in Thanjavur on Friday. Poet Arivumathi receives the copy.

Special Correspondent

National seminar on contribution of world Tamil poets to classical Tamil

THANJAVUR: Vice-Chancellor of Tamil University C. Subramaniam has called for rewriting Tamil history by giving importance to common man and artisans in ancient period.

Speaking at a national seminar on contribution of world Tamil poets to classical Tamil organised jointly by the Ilakkiya Cholai Thamizh Aivu Maiyam, Department of Art and Culture, Tamil Nadu Government, Bharath College of Science and Management at Tamil University here on Friday, Dr. Subramaniam said that history was written with epigraphy that were found at that time.

These epigraphs were engraved on temples and monuments built by Kings.

Another tool upon which history was based was the ‘Meikeerthi’ lifehistory of Kings. Hence history became what was told to us by the great Kings.

“If King Raja Raja Cholan has built the Big Temple, what about the artisans, workers who contributed to it. If Madurai Temple was built by a king, why there is no mention about thousands and hundreds of workers who contributed to it? History should be written from bottom to top and not from top to bottom,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

Regarding the Hogennakkal, which has now become a burning issue, the Vice-Chancellor called for unity among Tamils all over the world in establishing our rights and overcoming the hurdles to Tamils living anywhere in the world.

Books release

He released a book ‘Manuvukku Nan Virodhan’ written by poet Adhavan Dikshanya, Editor ‘Puduvisai’ journal. Adhavan Dikshanya said that he was against ‘Manusmiriti’ as it degraded women, working class, oppressed people.

Women were considered untouchables by Manu. Women’s liberation came only in the recent times.

During Manu’s period it was said that one should not stand in the shadow of a tree where a woman and a sudra stood.

He criticised Chola Kings for bringing Brahmins from the north and patronising them thus paving the way for practice of ‘Manu dharma’ which was against common man.

The Vice-Chancellor also released an abstract of the seminar and ‘Karuppu Lebbai’ written by Jakir Raja and poem collection written by poet Anbu Siva.

Poet Arivumathi received the first copy.

R. Muthu, Regional Assistant Director, Department of Art and Culture, Suprabarathy Manian, Editor, ‘Kanavu’ and poet S. Thenmozhi spoke.

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