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Silapathigaram, a treasure trove of secular values

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Seminar organised by Thilagavathiar Tiruvarul Peravai and J.J. College of Arts and Science

eternal truth:S.V. Subramanian, Tamil scholar, releasing the book ‘Silambu olikkum sinthanaigal’ authored by Dayananda Chandrasekaran in Pudukottai.
eternal truth:S.V. Subramanian, Tamil scholar, releasing the book ‘Silambu olikkum sinthanaigal’ authored by Dayananda Chandrasekaran in Pudukottai.

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.

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