Speakers at the day-long seminar, organised by the Department of Tamil of Bharathidasan University here on Wednesday, paid rich tributes to renowned Tamil scholar Taninayaga Adigal for his untiring efforts in promoting Tamil language and literature across the world.
Rev. Amuthan Adigal, president, Tamil Ilakkiya Kazhagam, who was the chief guest, said that late scholar showed a profound liking for the language even during his school days. This love for the language did not diminish even while doing his religious studies in Rome along with students of various countries.
It was late Adigal who initiated steps for popularising the language in many foreign countries that were only exposed to one branch of the Indian culture – north Indian culture.
He preferred to popularise Tamil by writing articles in English that were acclaimed all over the world. He played a vital role in founding the International Tamil Research Forum in 1964 by taking advantage of the presence of Tamil scholars at the World Congress of Orientalists held in New Delhi.
He had toured extensively and had delivered a record number of 200 lectures on the importance of Tamil language and culture just in the United States .
R. Damodaran, Professor of Tamil, Centre of Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, presided. P. Anandakumar, professor, Gandhigram Rural University, and T. Vetriselvan, Professor, Tamil University, Thanjavur, presented papers at the seminar.