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Renowned work of Tamil scholar lauded

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Speakers pay encomiums on Abraham Pandithar



breaking new ground: K. Anbazhagan, Finance Minister, releasing the book ’Analysis of Karunamirdha Saharam’ in Thanjavur on Thursday. Ko.Si. Mani, right, Co-operation Minister, Amutha Pandiyan, author, are also seen.

THANJAVUR: Contribution of Abraham Pandithar, a Tamil scholar of Thanjavur, to ‘Thamizhisai’ was recalled at a meeting held here on Thursday to celebrate his 148th birth anniversary.

Pandithar’s book, ‘Karunamirthasaharam,’ is the basis for any music book. It lays emphasis on the significance of ‘Thamizhisai.’ Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan described Abraham Pandithar as the pioneer of ‘Thamizhisai.’ He brought to limelight Tamil music that remained neglected. Padithar was a multi-faceted personality. He worked as a teacher. Later his interest in Tamil music led him to do extensive research and write ‘Karunamirthasaharam.’ The 1,500-page book dealt ‘Thamizhisai’ in detail with ‘Alagu,’ ‘punn’ etc. Pandithar wrote ‘Karunamrithasaharam’ after he heard from his guru Karunanandar about ‘Thamizhisai.’ He also read Ilangovadigal’s Silappathikaram, which has extensive musical references. He also made a comparative study of Sanskrit books such as ‘Sangeetha Rathnaharam’ written by Sarangathevar. Yet another book which gave importance to ‘Thamizhisai’ was ‘Yazh Nool’ written by Vipulananda Adigal.

Pandithar also practised herbal medicine. He grew medicinal herbs in his garden.

The basis of ‘Thamizhisai’ could be seen in Devarams of Nalvar-Appar, Manickavasagar, Thirugnanasam bandar and Sundarar in the 7th century and also Thiruvarutpa of Vallalar. Others who contributed to ‘Thamizhisai’ were Kazhi Moovar-Muthu Thandavar, Marimuptha Pillai and Arunasala Kavirayar. They wrote ‘keerthanas’ in Tamil.

Analysis

A book-analysis of Karunamirthasaharamj of Pandithar by Dr.Amutha Pandiyan, a descendant of Abraham Pandithar was released on the occasion. Mr. Anbazhagan released the book and Muthiah Pandiyan belonging to Pandithar’s family received the first copy. Ms. Amutha Pandiyan said that it took six years to complete her work.

Cooperation Minister Ko. Si.Mani; MLAs, Durai Chandrasekaran and Mahesh Krishnaswamy; former MLA G. Ilangovan; and Panapakkam Seetha, general secretary, ‘Ulaga Thamizh Kavignar Peravai,’ also spoke.

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