A. A. Manavalan's study on Milton and Kamban lauded
Tamil as a language reflects the culture, heritage and civilization of our people. The glory of the language can well be gauged from treasures of literature in the form of ‘Aga Nanooru' and ‘Pura Nanooru', observed M. Rajendran, Vice Chancellor of Tamil University.
Speaking at a function organised by the Tiruchi Tamil Sangam here recently to honour a Tamil poet, A. A. Manavalan, with the ‘Mahavidwan Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai centenary memorial award', Mr. Rajendran said that languages were imperative for the survival of human race all over the world. Tamil language, by virtue of its ancient origin, was the source of various cultures and ideologies.
He underlined the need for translating ancient Tamil literary works into other national and international tongues . A citation presented on the occasion, referred to Mr. Manavalan's hard efforts in publishing a number of Tamil books.
His sound knowledge in both English and Tamil not only facilitated him to serve the Departments of these languages at the Madras University but also translate literary works. He had translated poetry collections of Rabindranath Tagore and Aristotle into Tamil and ‘Tholkappiam' and ‘Tirukkural' into English. Comparative literary study on Kamban and Milton was another achievement, said the citation read out by a Tamil scholar P. Udhayakumar.
Siva. P. Mookapillai, president of the Sangam, said that the Sangam has been honouring Tamil scholars every year since 1976, in due recognition of their services and outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the language. The first recipient was the late Tirumurga Kirupananda Variyar. He presented the cash award to Mr. Manavalan. P. Devadas Manoharan, Vice Chancellor of Anna University – Tiruchi offered felicitations.