The History and the Heritage of the Cooum River
(கூவம் நதியின் வரலாறும் பாரம்பரியமும்)
Sometimes the most unexpected of geographical features throw up the most surprising histories. The Cooum river, though now a nauseous cesspool, represents not only a wide swathe of Chennai's history but also that of North Tamil Nadu. Pallavas, Cholas, Nayaks as well as the British have made their mark on the river and her banks.
For a small length of 72 km, Cooum has more history than any other river on a mile to mile basis. Mythology, history, legends and achievements all intertwine to form a colourful story for this river. Culturally mapping it before it is too late is vital. And perhaps if we know it better, we will treat it better.
About the Author:
Venketesh hails from the zamindari family of Devakottai whose thirupanis at Rameshwaram and Kalayar koil over the last two centuries are well appreciated.
Venketesh is a bilingual writer. He has three tamil novels to his credit. Two of them 'Kaviri Maindan' (காவிரி மைந்தன்) and 'Kanji Tharagai' (காஞ்சித் தாரகை) are sequels to Amarar Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan and Sivagamiyin Sabatham respectively. His highly acclaimed titled "Gods, Kings & Slaves: The Siege of Madurai" published by Hachette, centering around Malik Kafur's invasion of Madurai, was one of the top selling historical fictions in the last two years.
Venketesh is one of the founding members of the 'Ponniyin Selvan Varalatru Peravai', a large body of Kalki enthusiasts. He also runs a cultural mapping project of the Cooum and with a band of volunteers is recording all buildings and events of historical value on the sides of the 72 km long Cooum river.RSVP: