31 Facts About Tamil literature


Tamil literature has a rich and long literary tradition spanning more than two thousand years.

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Contributors to the Tamil literature are mainly from Tamil people from South India, including the land now comprising Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Eelam Tamils from Sri Lanka, as well as the Tamil diaspora.

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Revival of Tamil literature took place from the late 19th century when works of religious and philosophical nature were written in a style that made it easier for the common people to enjoy.

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Tamil literature legends hold that these were composed in three successive poetic assemblies that were held in ancient times on a now vanished continent far to the south of India.

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Tamil literature tradition holds the earliest Sangam poetry to be over twelve millennia old.

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Tamil literature's Tiruvasakam consisting of over 600 verses is noted for its passionate devotion.

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The Tamil literature country was invaded by the armies of the Delhi Sultanate and raided the Pandya kingdom.

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The Vijayanagar kings appointed regional governors to rule various territories of their kingdom and Tamil literature Nadu was ruled by the Madurai Nayaks, Thanjavur Nayaks and Gingee Nayaks.

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Tamil literature translated Vyasa's epic into Tamil and named it Villibharatam.

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Tamil literature translated into Tamil the erotic book known as Kokkoha from Sanskrit.

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The first Tamil literature dictionary was attempted by Mandalapurusha who compiled the lexicon Nigandu Cudamani.

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Tamil literature commissioned Umaruppulavar to pen the first biography of Nabi.

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Tamil literature's Chathurakarathi was the first to list the Tamil words in alphabetical order.

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The traditional Tamil literature ruling clans were superseded by European colonists and their sympathisers.

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The Tamil literature society underwent a deep cultural shock with the imposition of western cultural influences.

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Tamil literature wrote more than eighty books consisting of over 200,000 poems.

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Tamil literature wrote numerous poems and lyrics set to tune in Carnatic music.

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Tamil literature's most famous work is the Nandan Charitam on the life of Nandanar who having been born in a sociologically lower caste, faces and overcomes the social obstacles in achieving his dream of visiting the Chidambaram temple.

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Maraimalai Adigal advocated for the purity of Tamil literature and wanted to clean it of words with Sanskrit influences.

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Tamil literature's works are stimulating in their progressive themes like freedom and feminism.

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Bharathy introduced a new poetic style into the somewhat rigid style of Tamil literature poetry writing, which had followed the rules set down in the Tolkaappiyam.

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Tamil literature wrote Tamil prose in the form of commentaries, editorials, short stories and novels.

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Tamil literature travelled all over the Tamil country, collecting, deciphering and publishing ancient books such as Cilappatikaram, Kuruntokai, etc.

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Tamil literature published over 90 books and wrote En caritham, an autobiography.

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Tamil literature's literature presents a deep and sensitive understanding of complex human nature and is an authentic and vivid index of Indian reality.

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Tamil literature's works revolve around the lives of underclass people like rickshaw-pullers, prostitutes and rag-pickers.

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Tamil literature felt that unless our people were told about the objectives of British rule and its merits and defects in the Indian languages, our political knowledge would never develop.

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Navasakthi, a Tamil periodical edited by Tamil scholar and freedom fighter V Kalyanasundaram.

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Tamil literature used the name because he wanted to bring about liberation of India.

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Tamil literature modeled Thanthi on the style of an English tabloid- The Daily Mirror.

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Tamil literature aimed to bring out a newspaper that ordinary people would read, and which would encourage a reading habit even among the newly literate.

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