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From the attic: A 1957 book shows Periyar in new light

This time around, from my attic tumbled out an old book which, re-read out of curiosity, took me to the world of political slugfests and rows of decades ago. The 52-page book Naan Kanda Periyar (The Periyar I saw) was published by Tamilagam way back in 1957. My attic (paran) is home to old...

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Periyar
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Eye donation in Tamil Nadu his life’s work

Sometimes even the most mundane of activities, like reading a magazine at a barber shop, could end up being the trigger for bigger things in life. It happened in his youth to 70-year-old Jegatheeswaran who lives in Singanallur, Coimbatore. Jegatheeswaran had just finished schooling when one day...

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Eye Donation
Culture

From the attic — a Tamil-Sanskrit magazine from 1899

The paran (attic) is home to old bottles, vessels gifted by grandmothers and great-grandmothers to their grand-daughters for their weddings, easy chairs that used to keep the grandfathers, mostly couch potatoes comfortable in the twilight of their life, four-legged chairs bereaved of one-leg, a...

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Tamil-Sanskrit
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Chola era golden age? Just perception: epigraphist

Epigraphist and archaeologist S Ramachandran has written widely on epigraphy – notably on the upper cloth revolt and the Tranquebar manuscripts, among other topics. His discovery of an anchor, midsea at Tranquebar, with the help of fishermen is considered a milestone in oceanic archaeology....

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Epigraphy
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From the attic: A Tamil book by Srinivasa Sastry

Silver Tongue Srinivasa Sastry is this week’s rediscovery from my attic. Tamil word ‘paran’ is one of several words knocked out of existence in the language.  Part of the old-time Tamils’ common lingo, paran meant attic or loft, an indispensable feature of houses built in those days, mostly in...

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Srinivasa Sastry
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From the attic, an encyclopedia of fraud tumbled out

The Tamil word ‘paran’ is one of several words that have been knocked out of existence in the language. Part of old-timers' lingo, paran meant attic or loft. It was an indispensable feature of houses built in those days, mostly in villages, where all things dispensed with or condemned were...

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Attic
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Villupattu artiste Poongani: A long forgotten legend

Subbu Arumugam's passing away has made it appropriate to recall artiste Poongani who was once a metonym for Villupattu, one of the age-old folk art forms inherited from the feudalistic society and now a forgotten legend. Performing arts such as Villupattu, Kaniyan dance (unique to the community...

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Villupattu
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Passion for Dravidian words impoverished him

Twenty-five years ago, Njattyela Sreedharan, a school drop-out, set out on a journey in search of words. The idea was to compile a dictionary connecting four major Dravidian languages, namely Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu. Travelling across four states and learning Kannada, Tamil and...

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dravidian languages
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