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Sangam literature now in Hindi

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Papers presented at Classical Tamil Conference published in website

Treasure trove: Pon. Kothandaraman, right, former VC, University of Madras releasing the copy to Asko Parpola, Professor Emeritus, University of Helsinki, Finland in Thanjavur. M.Rajendran, centre, VC, Tamil University is in the picture. —Photo: M. Srinath.
Treasure trove: Pon. Kothandaraman, right, former VC, University of Madras releasing the copy to Asko Parpola, Professor Emeritus, University of Helsinki, Finland in Thanjavur. M.Rajendran, centre, VC, Tamil University is in the picture. —Photo: M. Srinath.

In a bid to secure the literature treasure troves of our state, Hindi translations of eighteen books of Sangam literature- Pathupattu and Ettuthogai- were released at the Tamil University here on Wednesday. Pon.Kothandaraman (Portko), former Vice chancellor, University of Madras, gave the first copy of the translations to Asko Parpola, Professor Emeritus, University of Helsinki, Finland.

The occasion also witnessed publishing of ten volumes of papers, on a website, that were presented at the world classical Tamil conference held in Coimbatore recently.

The compilations in Hindi were taken up by a team of ten Hindi experts headed by P.K.Balasubramanian, Former Hindi professor of Christian College and Dr.Sundaram, former Hindi professor of Presidency College.

Avvai Natarajan, former Vice Chancellor of Tamil University launched the website of “Valar Thamizh” radio of Tamil University. Commenting that listening contributes to enhancing knowledge better than reading, he said that the frequency will entertain as well as enrich the knowledge of people on Tamil.

M.Rajendran, Vice Chancellor, Tamil University, presided over the function. S.N.Kandaswamy, Director, in-charge, Kalaignar Advanced Centre for World Classical Languages, S.Parimala, registrar, spoke .

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