Seminar organised by Thilagavathiar Tiruvarul Peravai and J.J. College of Arts and Science
Silapathigaram is not just a literature treasure trove but is also a mirror of various social, cultural, secular, and humanitarian values. It also addresses issues such as women’s rights, bondage, equality, and ethics in politics.
A three-day seminar on ‘Silapathigaram’ organised jointly by Thilagavathiar Tiruvarul Peravai and J.J. College of Arts and Science at the college premises recently, threw light on these aspects. A number of sessions on topics such as ‘Penniyam’, ‘panpattu koorugal’, ‘society’ and ‘samaya podhumai’ were organised in which a large number of Tamil scholars participated and expressed their views. N.Vijayasundari, a Tamil scholar, underlined the need for taking up a research on women’s role in shaping the society, with a comparative relevance to the days of Kannagi, the heroine of ‘Silapathigaram’.
K.P. Azhagammai, another scholar, specifically referred to the role of Kaundhiadigal, a female character in ‘Silapathigaram’. At a time when women were delinked from religious rituals, Kaundhiadigal was described in Silapathigaram as a divine gift.
A book ‘Silambu olikkum sinthanaigal’ authored by Dayananda Chandrasekaran, head of Peravai, was released by S.V. Subramanian, a Tamil scholar.
N. Subramanian, secretary of the college, spoke.