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Workshop on Sangam literature held

Annual inter-collegiate quiz competition on Sangam literature will be conducted

Participants get 18 books worth Rs.2500 donated by Central Institute of Classical Tamil

VELLORE: Sixty-one M.A. and M.Phil. students from Voorhees College, Vellore, Arignar Anna Government Arts College for Women, Walajapet and Arcot Sri Mahalakshmi Women’s College, Vilapakkam participated in the 10-day Advanced Training Workshop conducted jointly by the Central Institute of Classical Tamil, Chennai and the Department of Tamil, Voorhees College on the college premises here from March 13 to 22.

Minister for Public Works Department and Law Durai Murugan who inaugurated the workshop made a humorous and lucid presentation on Sangam literature. He distributed to the participants 18 books worth Rs.2500 donated by the Central Institute of Classical Tamil, on the occasion.

Rev. Y. William, Bishop of the Church of South India (CSI) Vellore Diocese and chairman of the Voorhees College Governing Board who presided explained the contribution of Christian scholars from Tamil Nadu and foreign countries to the development of classical Tamil. Voorhees College won the rolling cup in the quiz competition on Sangam literature conducted as part of the workshop.

D. Chellaiah, Head of the Department of Tamil, Voorhees College, said that the department would hereafter conduct an annual inter-collegiate quiz competition on Sangam literature in the Voorhees College in order to create awareness on Sangam literature among the students, spread classical Tamil and enable students to know about the civilisation and culture of the Tamils.

Veluchamy, Regional Joint Director of Collegiate Education, Vellore was the chief guest at the valedictory function held on March 22. Abdul Rahman, Tamil poet and scholar presented the rolling cup to the team from Voorhees College which won the quiz competition.

D. Daniel Ezhilarasu, Principal, Voorhees College distributed the certificates to the participants. Mrs. Veluchamy distributed prizes to the students of the Arignar Anna Government Arts College for Women who recited the 99 stanzas in ‘Kurinjipattu.’ Dr. Chellaiah thanked K. Ramasamy, officer-in-charge, Central Institute of Classical Tamil, K. Sivamani, workshop coordinator and Punniamoorthy, superintendent of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil for their cooperation in conducting the workshop.

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