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Homage to a litterateur

PREMA NANDAKUMAR

The literary greatness of scholar S. K. Ramarajan was remembered at a meeting organised by Chenbaga Tamil Arangu in Srirangam.



TRIBUTE: A.K.Sethumanickam speaking on the genius of Ramarajan.

Chenbaga Tamil Arangu paid a solemn homage to the great Tamil savant, S.K.Ramarajan on August 13. A. K. Sethumanickam presided. Welcoming the audience, K. Rajavelu Shenbagavalli, founder of the Arangu said that the forum had conducted over 600 literary meets addressed by eminent scholars.

The Arangu has a good library. This has been made possible by the encouragement given by litterateurs including the late Ramarajan.

Master of grammar



Ramarajan.

Ramarajan (1922-2004), better known as "Kamba Raman," mastered Tamil grammar and literature under the guidance of Nemperumal Reddiar, successfully completed the vidwan course in Tiruvaiyaru Government College and became a teacher of Tamil in K.K.High School in Paramathivelur where he served for several decades.

A popular teacher, Ramarajan also began writing poetry early. Among his works, the epyllion "Meganadham" speaks of the tragedy of Indrajit. His "Azhwargalum Kambanum" is a gem of comparative criticism. An eminent speaker, Ramarajan became a legend in his lifetime for his studies in Kamban and Vaishnavism.

P.Subramanian dealt, in detail, with the nuances of Ramarajan in handling a Ramayana theme, the changes that he has made in the original story and his characterisation of Indrajit's wife Sulochana. The mellifluous verses in "Meghanadham" are capture Kamban's poetic style.

P. Venkatesan pointed out the manner in which Ramarajan had brought out Kamban' s indebtedness to the thought as well as phraseology of the Azhwars, especially Tirumangai and Kulasekara.

Vijayagowri Ramarajan shared with the audience some of the aspirations and achievements of her eminent husband. The function came to an end with the playing of an audiocassette of Ramarajan's speech on "Krishna's Ambassadorship" helping one savour the scholar's power of memory and elucidation.

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