Nammalvar - Makers of Indian Literature

Nammalvar - Makers of Indian Literature

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Item Code: IDE084
Author: A. Srinivasa Raghavan
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 1998
ISBN: 8126004169
Pages: 96
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"
Weight 130 gm
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Nammalvar holds a high place among the poet-saints of Tamil Nadu. 'Come, poets' cries this saint-poet, 'if you want to live, labour with your hands and earn your bread with the sweat of your brow. Why sing a rich man's praises? And who is really rich on this earth? I see no one. Sing of your gods.'

In this well-written monograph, the late Prof. Srinivasa Raghavan introduces to the readers the Alvars in general and Nammalvar in particular; explains the four works of Nammalvar in detail; comments on Nammalvar's 'inner life', his Journey to the Real, as revealed in his poetic outpourings; summaries Nammalvar's philosophy and poetry. The author has brought to his task a lifetime's reverent intimacy with the poetry and personality of Nammalvar; and within the limits of this monograph, has done abundant justice to the achievement of Namalvar as Bhakta, god-intoxicated singer and inspired poet. The numerous illustrative quotations read well in English, considering the fact that Tamil mystic poetry like Nammalvar's defies translation.




1. The Alvars 9
2. Nammalvar's Life 12
3. Nammalvar's Works: Tiruviruttam 14
4. Tiruvasiriyam 25
5. Peria Tiruvantati 29
6. Tiruvoimozhi 34
7. Journey to the Real 47
8. Nammalvar's Philosophy 58
9. Nammalvar's Poetry 73


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