Tamil Sangam honours S.V. Subramanian
TIRUCHI: Noted Tamil scholar, S.V. Subramanian, who has authored a record number of 55 books on various subjects, including folk arts, philosophy, botany, research and soil texture, was honoured by Tiruchi Tamil Sangam with a `Porkizhi' (purse) at a function held in Tiruchi recently. A linguistic, he had also authored books in English and Malayalam.
The presentation of the purse marked the celebration of the centenary of Mahavidwan Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai and in fact had been named after him. Tamil scholars and erudite writers, led by Pazha Muthappan, Principal, Chettinad College of Arts and Science, who spoke on the occasion, paid encomiums to the service rendered by Prof. Subramanian in the cause of Tamil language and literature.
His major achievements included the spread of Sangam literature among the youths, by making them learn it by rote, inclusion in the curriculum study on palm leaf manuscripts, translation of classical literature in Tamil into English in a series of volumes and release of research document on Silappathikaram from chapters I to IX.
He was also involved in the evolution of Tamil teaching methodology with sound curriculum at the Charles University in Czech Republic. He rendered this service during his cultural exchange programme sponsored jointly by the University Grants Commission and the Czech Republic. He also served as a member of the Sahitya Akademy Committee and was instrumental for the formation of Tamil University.Prof. Subramanian has to his credit several awards, including `Ilakkiya Chemmal', `Raja Sir Muthiah Chettiyar Memorial Award', `Tolkappiya Chemmal Award' etc. He has dwelt at length through 17 volumes in literature, four volumes in contemporary literature, two in folk literature, three in logic and psychology, besides several books on grammar and lectures.
The president of the Sangam, Aru. Annamalai Chettiyar and its secretary, Sivakozhundhu, gave away the purse to Prof. Subramanian.