Dr.Sudha Seshayyan takes us on a literary journey
Dr.Sudha Seshayyan, a medical professor and an academic, a prolific writer and an inspirational speaker –on radio and tv and at public platforms –on spiritual, scientific and social topics had the audience spell bound for a full 90 minutes with her lecture on ‘The Expanse of Tamil Literature from the Remote Past to the Recent Past.’’ The speaker broadly classified the history of Tamil literature into three periods—-Ancient period, Medieval period, Modern and New modern period .
Under the Ancient period she dealt with Sangam Literature –B.C.500 to 200 A.D.; Didactic period or period of ethical literature—100to 300A.D.-Thirukural and other neethi noolgal and Old Epic period –200 to 5ooA.D.—Silappadhikaaram and others.
She divided Medieval period into
1.Bhakthi period or period of spiritual literature —600to900A.D.—naayanmaar-s and aazhwaar-s—nandhikalambagam.
2. New epic period of kaappiyangaL—850 to 1200 A.D.—latter lot of perunkkaappiyangaL—perunkathai-grammatical works—emergence ofminor literary works.
3. Urai period or period of commentators—1200t0 1500A.D.
Modern period she said was a period of minor literary works —Christian and Islamic Tamil literature—growth of prose literature –more commentaries –modernized drama.
The speaker concluded with mention of New Modern period and Contributions from outside —-Vedhanaayagam, Raamalingar, Bharathiyaar and others and the Novel and growth of short story, Biography, Essay and critical literature.
Dr. Sudha’s lecture which constituted the Eighty Sixth India Heritage Lecture was delivered under “South India Heritage Lecture Series” at Tag Centre on the 26th. July 09. The idea for this series of programmes was conceived by Mr.R.T.Chari and they are sponsored by Mr.Chari and his brother Mr.R.V.Gopalan.
N.Meera Raghavendra Rao