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Women must read Silapadikaram: Tamil scholar

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PONDICHERRY: "Nenjai allum Silapadikaram endror maniaaram padaitha Thamizhnaadu - this is how poet Bharathi described Tamil Nadu. He equated it to a string made of precious stones. The Silapadikaram talks of how a housewife rose up in anger when a king wrongly executed her husband.

In 2 A.D. women didn't step out of their homes but she did", explained A.P. Aravaazhi, Tamil scholar, at a programme on the Silapadikaram organised by the Pondicherry Tamil Sangam on Saturday.

"The poet Ilango, who wrote the Silapadikaram, used a lot of puns. He says Kovalan was killed because the king had told the guards to "kondru va" (kill him) instead of "kondu va" (bring him).

Mr. Aravaazhi, a former school principal and District Education Officer, also explained that the rift between Kovalan and Kannagi was due to a pun in the language. "The two were sitting and singing on the beach playing musical instruments and Kovalan misunderstood Kannagi's words in the song and he walked out of the marriage and went to live with Madhavi".

The Silapadikaram also explains in detail how the lives of Tamils were in those days and about art, culture, theatre and dance. "He has explained in detail how make up must be done, how the artist should dress up, how the stage should be and even what the rent must be. This is the first epic, which tells us of what happened that time".

Tamil Sangam president Mannarmannan said the Silapadikaram, which was written in 2 A D and was one of the five major Tamil epics, would serve as an apt lesson for even women of today as to how they must rise up to the occasion and fight for justice. "Youngsters, especially women must read this work," he added.

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