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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tamil Heritage Trust

Tamil Heritage Trust (THT) is a recognized trust (Reg.No. 379/2010) set up with a vision to promote, document and disseminate Indian heritage. The impetus for this came from Prof. S. Swaminathan, who retired as Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT-Delhi and Badri Seshadri, a well-known publisher, entrepreneur and heritage enthusiast.
At THT, we are all volunteers with a common interest in Indian heritage and a passion to communicate its richness and beauty to as many people as possible. Aṣ a non-profit organization, we are supported by sponsors and donations by heritage enthusiasts. We do not levy a membership or subscription fees. Our Monthly Talks and Pechchu Kachcheri programs are free for all. Our Site Seminars and Mamallapuram Study Tours are run on an at-cost basis. 
Our mission is to get you interested in Indian heritage and, if you are already attracted to this subject, provide you a community you can enjoy learning along with.
Towards this end, we conduct a range of events: 
  • Monthly Talks on various aspects of heritage, conducted on the first Saturday of every month
  • Annual Pechchu Kachcheri (a lecture series) on heritage-related themes in December
  • Periodic Study Tours to Mamallapram
  • Periodic Workshops on “How to See a Temple”
  • Annual Site Seminars – weeklong tours to heritage sites of importance in and outside Tamil Nadu
  • Presentations at schools to sensitize youngsters to our heritage
  • Coordination with the TN Government’s culture/tourism agencies to support and supplement their efforts

Monday, March 23, 2020

Founder Prof. Swaminathan

The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things
Of shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings.
-   from The Walrus and the Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll

Unlike the walrus, few people can talk of such a variety of things.  Prof Swaminathan can talk of shoes and socks in Ajanta paintings, ships that sailed between England and India, the Fibonacci patterns of leaves in cabbages, and many a king including Mahendra Varma Pallava, - the maverick who called himself Vichitrachitta, the innovative and exotic thinker who unleashed the era of sculptures and architecture in Tamil country. If you had studied mechanical engineering in IIT Delhi, I am sure I would have heard him speak about sealing wax, too.

To talk about such a variety of things, one must first have an abundant curiosity and the intellectual discipline to understand what they have to offer. In short he must be an AtyantaKaamaand a TattvaVedi.

Our VichitraChitthaSwaminathan can not only talk about them, but talk about them in intersting ways, and provoke the listener’s curiosity and instigate a sense of wonder. 

Most Indians, unlike Isaac Newton, stand not on the shoulders of giants, but surrounded by the wonders wrought upon this many splendored land by innumerable generations of giants, intellectual artistic and indefatigable. Sadly most of us see this treasure trove not with eyes not always appreciative but sometimes ignorant, often apathetic, even blasé. Even the curious and the restless among us, often need a spark, a shaft of light, a steady lamp to look long and deep and absorb the essence of such wonders, waiting to be discovered. Such a spark, a lighthouse is Swaminathan.

Professor Swaminathan had a thriving career as a faculty member in IIT Delhi, a premier engineering institution in India.  He sought voluntary retirement, first to work in the Integrated Rural Technology Centre in Kerala and then moved full time into Culture and Heritage.  He first established Sudarsanam in Pudukkottai to document the heritage of Pudukkottai, his hometown.  Subsequently, he was instrumental in establishing the Tamil Heritage Trust in Chennai and remains it founder chairman.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Background and History

After four score and ten years, Prof. Swaminathan decided to start a new chapter in not only his life, but that of this city, Madras, which we proudly call the Cultural capital of India. At the end of a lecture by Vilayanur S Ramachandran in Thyagaraya Nagar in 2008, Swaminathan proposed that like minded people come together and create a forum, to host lectures, and an exchange of ideas about Indian heritage.
S Kannan, Annamalai, Siva Thiagarajan, and Badri Seshadri agreed, and they founded the Tamil Heritage Trust, whose first few set of programs were monthly lectures, initially hosted at the Vinobha Hall of Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya, T. Nagar.

Badri Seshadri made it a point to video record all the lectures initially with his hand held Flip camera.  He also created the blog for THT activities and posted the videos.  It was during this time we started organizing Summer Camps for Children, Site Seminars and Pechu Kacheris.  Raga Sudha Hall, PS High School and Tattvaloka in Mylapore were also used for Pechu Kacheris and Summer Camps.

In 2016 ARKAY Ramakrishnan offered his hall in Royapetta High Road in Mylapore for monthly lectures.  It is a lovely hall with a seating capacity of about 100, air-conditioned and most importantly, we could stream videos of the lectures live on youtube.  This has been our monthly meeting place for over 4 years now.

Most of the programs are run by our volunteers.  The site seminars, pechu kacheris and other workshops are fully managed by them.  It is their extraordinary commitment, and also, generous support from public that keeps our activities going.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Monthly Talk

Monthly Talk is the most important event around which all our other activities revolve.  It is usually delivered either by an amateur enthusiast or a dedicated professional.  The topics can range from various arts to culture.

Initially, when we started this 2008, among the speakers and topics were Dr Nagaswamy, renowned archaeologist on Hindu art in Southeast Asia, VP Dhananjayan, Bharatanatyam dancer on the Classical Arts and Human Heritage, Prof Baluswamy, Tamil professor on the Great Penance Sculpture of Mamallapuram, PS Sriraman, an archaeologist on the Tanjvaur Chola paintings,  Dr Vilayanur S Ramachandran, neurologist on Neurology and the Arts, VR Devika, educationist about Traditional Performing Arts in Education, Bhushavali fashion designer on Textiles in Ajanta paintings, Prof Swaminathan himself, first on Indian Music, then on Ajanta, historian KRA Narasiah on Researching for Alavai, and many others on a variety of topics. This series of monthly lectures has recently completed eleven years and is going strong in the Twelfth year.

The Monthly Talk is free for every one to attend.  Please fill out the contact form on the web page, and you will receive emails about our programs.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Site Seminar

A site seminar for art enthusiasts, that is a structured visit to a set of historical monuments, is something like a factory visit for engineering students. It comprises an introduction to the history, preparatory lectures by experts, guided visits, artistic performances, sessions for feedback and free exchange of opinions. 
As an experiment, a two day Mahendra Pallava tour was organized in 2009, a tour of the several cave temples of the original Vichitrachitta. In June that year, Prof. Swaminathan decided we could do an proper Site Seminar in Mamallapuram, and invited a few people – Badri Seshadri, R Chandrasekar, and V Chandrasekar - to help organize it. The preparatory programs were then launched in September, with his two hour detailed lecture. He also arranged for a few other speakers to talk about related aspects – a documentary screening by Balakailasam on idol making, an in-depth presentation by Prof Sivaramakrishnan on the the language of sculptures using the miniature sculptures at Pullamangai and Nagesvaram. Swaminathan himself also gave an indepth illustrated lecture on the four major narrative panels. For the actual Site Seminar, Prof Baluswamy who had written a book on the Great penance, Prof Sivaramakrishnan, and Umapathy and Veezhinathan Acharyas, hereditary sthapathis were also invited. With a few additional preparatory lectures, about Pallava history, iconography, the Grantha script etc we went to Mamallapuram quite prepared. A subset of the participants also prepared a street play, partly based on a one-act Sanskrit play called Trivikrama, suspected to be written by Mahendra Pallava himself.
The first site seminar was quite a success, but it did not have the after effect that Swaminathan hoped for. Individually, the participants were quite thrilled and several visited Mallai in the subsequent months, but a larger movement to create greater awareness didn’t materialize in the short term. As with all things Indian, it needed the slow churn of time. The Site Seminar experiment almost ended with Mamallapuram, but he was persuaded by an eager Narayanaswamy to organize a second site seminar at Ajanta. This time, the groundworks began with a sweeping historical and artistic overview of Ajanta art and an in depth look at Mahajanaka Jataka. In the subsequent weeks, each individual participant chose or was assinged some painting or feature of Ajanta to study and present. The presentations varied in quality, duration coverage and confidence, but nevertheless they were covered. 
That set the tone for all future site seminars, and Eleven Site Seminars have been completed, including: Pudukottai, Srirangam, Gujarat, ThenPandi Naadu, Badami-Pattadakkal, Orissa, Kanchipuram, Madhya Pradesh, and Kumbakonam (Chola Heritage). Like a snowball, the series has collected talented, dedicated, scholarly and cooperative people, full of ideas, energy and enthusiasm, which have made THT a richer, effective organization.

For more details on Site Seminars, please visit:

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Pechu Kacheri

In the Tamil month Maargazhi, the second half of December, various sabhas in the city reverberate with the sound of carnatic music and several classical dance performances. It is Kacheri season, a hundred year old practice, that developed a large following, as people from all parts of the state and southern India gravitated to the growing capital city, and wanted the taste of traditional classical arts, albiet in secular settings. 
Why only celebrate music and dance, was Swaminathan’s question. Why not have a celebration of other plastics arts as well, sculptures, painting, epigraphy, literature, other performing arts… in general, why not celebrate the other aspects of heritage too, for an audience teeming with leisure and hopefully curious for diversity?! Thus was born in December 2011, the Pechu Kacheri, a five day series, of lectures, lecture demonstrations, and performances, to highlight these other aspects. The inaugaral lecture by writer Jayamohan, on the nuances and relevance of Sangam literature, drew a houseful crowd, as did the subsequent talks that took a line through the various historical periods of the state. 
From the second year, each Pechu Kacheri was based on a single theme. In 2012, the theme was the Paintings of India from prehistoric cave art, to Ajanta, Pallava and Pandya and Chola and Nayak arts. In 2013, the theme was Srirangam, a Town within a Temple. In 2014, we celebrated the various Contributions of Dr Nagaswamy, the doyen of Tamil archaeologists,and the first director of the TN Archaeology departmentHis first batch of students in the TN department delivered the lectures, with a grand finale on Sundaramoorthy Nayanar painting series in Tanjavur Brihadeshvara by the honoree himself. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, the themes were respectively, Mamallapuram, Kanchipuram and Chola art. In 2016, the format switched from five lectures over five days to eight or more lectures in two days, and this effectively tripled, even quadrupled the attendance. Live webcasts added considerably to the viewing audience, and there is now great awareness and appreciation of this heritage and THT’s efforts, among a significant section of the intellegentsia and connoisseurs of culture. Our 2020 Pechu Kacheri was on the Art and history of the Pandyas.

For more details on the above Pechu Kacheris, please visit:

How to see a Temple (HOWSAT)

Why do we go to temples ? 
To worship - yes. 
To celebrate festivals and commemorate special days - yes. 
To devour the mouth watering prasadams - yes !

But what do we know of the multitude of sculptures, paintings, inscriptions and history behind them ?

How To See A Temple (HOWSAT) is a 1-day workshop organized by Tamil Heritage Trust, that attempts to help people see temples through the eyes of a connoisseur. 

The workshop consists of 3 introductory lectures and a field visit. The first lecture is on South Indian Temple Architecture, where we help you learn to identify architectural elements of a typical South Indian temple. The second lecture is on Hindu Iconography, where you are taught to identify various elements - such as posture, ayudhas, ornamentation, mudhras etc that we associate with temple sculptures. The third lecture is an introduction to inscriptions, where you get to see the breadth of inscriptions found in our temples, and the myriad stories they convey. Following these lectures, participants are taken to a field visit nearby (typically Kapaleeswarar temple, Mylapore) and apply concepts that they learnt from the lectures.

So far, Tamil Heritage has conducted 5 such workshops, and over 120 participants. The workshops were all held in Chennai on the following dates.

1) 9-Sep-2018
2) 20-Oct-2018
3) 30-Mar-2019
4) 2-Jun-2019
5) 16-Feb-2020

This is a paid workshop with a nominal fee that includes lunch. We plan to conduct these workshops on a regular basis (2 or 3 times every year). If you are looking to register for these workshops, please follow our Facebook page. You may also contact Kishore Mahadevan ( or Siva Thiagarajan ( from the organizing team. 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

THT-Prof S Swaminathan Heritage Award

THT-Prof S Swaminathan Heritage Award

Last Date for Nominations – March 31, 2020

The Tamil Heritage Trust-Prof S. Swaminathan Heritage Award (THT-SS Award) aims to recognize exceptional individual contributions towards the understanding, dissemination and preservation of Indian Heritage. By rewarding outstanding work in this area, the Award aspires to encourage interest and involvement of the general public in Indian Heritage, thereby raising the awareness and appreciation of history, literature, arts and culture which deserve our attention and care.
The award aims to recognize and reward the efforts and achievements of individuals. Thus, collective enterprises like societies, trusts and Section 8 companies and other interest groups will not be eligible for the award.
The Award is based on a nomination and selection process.
The Award will consist of a citation and a prize of Rs.25000/-

Nomination Process

  1. Any individual can nominate any other individual whom they believe has done noteworthy work in the area of Indian heritage.
  2. Individuals can also nominate themselves.
  3. Nominee's age should be between 20 and 50 years.
  4. The individual must be a citizen of India and ordinarily resident in India.
  5. Nominations must be sent by email to to reach us before March 31, 2020.
  6. Please click to download the nomination form from here
  7. Nominations and accompanying details may be in English or Tamil only.

Selection of Winner

A jury comprising members of the THT Award Committee as well as experts from the field of Heritage will select the winner.
As a part of the selection process, the Judges may choose to have an interaction with the nominee in person or over phone.

Award Ceremony & Award Lecture

The THT-Prof. S Swaminathan Heritage Award will be presented at a formal ceremony during May or June 2020 at the Tamil Virtual Academy, Kottupuram, Chennai.
The Winner will be invited to present the Award Lecture at the Ceremony. The Winner may choose a topic of her/his choice. The Award Lecture may be in Tamil or English.


Am I eligible to enter?

We welcome Nominations from any individual who is a citizen of India and is ordinarily resident in India. Organisations and institutions – like Societies, Trusts, Interest Groups etc – are not eligible.

What are the criteria for selection?

The work done must relate to the previous 5 years. The judges will look for, among other qualities and parameters:
  • New discoveries or insights
  • Thoroughness of knowledge in the chosen area
  • Scholarly rigour in the individual’s output
  • Demonstrable eagerness to share with the public and involve them in a dialog
  • Consistency and persistence of the effort

In what language should the Nomination be submitted?

Nominations can be sent in English or Tamil only.

Is it necessary for the Winner to deliver the Award Lecture?

Yes, the Winner will be expected to deliver the Award Lecture at the Ceremony, either in Tamil or English, on a topic of her/his choice.

What is the Last Date for Nomination?

The last date for entries to reach THT is March 31st, 2020.

When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be announced shortly before the Award Ceremony and the Award Lecture.

When and Where is the Awards Ceremony?

The Ceremony will take place during May or June 2020 at Tamil Virtual Academy, Kotturpuram, Chennai. The time will be announced soon.

Is there an Entry Fee?

No, there is no fee involved.

Terms + Conditions of entry

The Award will be made solely at the discretion of the Jury. No feedback or correspondence will be entered into about the results and the Jury’s decision is final.

About Tamil Heritage Trust (THT)

Tamil Heritage Trust (THT) is a recognized trust (Reg.No. 379/2010) set up with a vision to promote, document and disseminate Indian heritage. The impetus for this came from Prof. S. Swaminathan, who retired as Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT-Delhi and Badri Seshadri, a well-known publisher, entrepreneur and heritage enthusiast.
THT’s events are conducted by volunteers with a common interest in Indian heritage and a passion to communicate its richness and beauty to as many people as possible. Aṣ a non-profit organization, the Trust is supported by sponsors and donations by heritage enthusiasts. There is no membership or subscription fees. THT’s Monthly Talks and Pechu Kacheri programs are free for all. The Site Seminars, Mamallapuram Study Tours and How to See a Temple sessions are run on an at-cost basis.
Our mission is to get everyone interested in Indian heritage and, if they are already attracted to this subject, provide them a community they can enjoy learning along with.
Towards this end, we conduct a range of events:
  • Monthly Talks on various aspects of heritage, conducted on the first Saturday of every month
  • Annual Pechu Kacheri (a lecture series) on heritage-related themes in December
  • Periodic Study Tours to Mamallapram
  • Periodic Workshops on “How to See a Temple”
  • Annual Site Seminars – weeklong tours to heritage sites of importance in and outside Tamil Nadu
  • Presentations at schools to sensitize youngsters to our heritage
  • Coordination with the TN Government’s culture/tourism agencies to support and supplement their efforts
You can follow THT on Facebook (/TamilHeritageTrust) and Twitter (@TamilHeritageTN)

About Prof. S Swaminathan

Prof. S Swaminathan is the inspiration behind the Tamil Heritage Trust. As a co-founder, he continues to guide the initiatives and activities of THT.
His interest in India’s rich heritage goes back to his days at IIT-Delhi where he engaged generations of his students in projects and conversations on India’s traditions in art, architecture, music, mathematics and science. After his retirement he made it his life’s mission to educate, inform and inspire interested audiences to discover more about their heritage.
A Professor in Mechanical Engineering in Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi for more than 30 years, Prof Swaminathan also worked in the Centre for Rural Development in IIT Madras, Bharath Gyan Vigyan Samithy, Delhi as the National Coordinator for watershed development and Integrated Rural Technology Centre, Palakkad, Kerala.
Fuelled by an infinite curiosity, his interests range far and wide. He has written a book on the Pallava art of Mamallapuram. His lectures on the paintings of Ajanta are legendary. His talks on an array of topics – 5000 years of Indian Art, The Story of Scripts, the Mathematics of Kolams, the Trees of India and so on - have served as wonderful introductions to awestruck audiences for many years. His erudition makes him equally at home with the fine nuances of Carnatic music, the complexities of Gandhian thought and the refined ideas of Nehru’s scientific temper.
His passion for education, especially of young minds, has led him to work pro-bono with schools and colleges – helping to redesign curriculum at one institution, assisting teachers to bring practical science to the class rooms at another, planting a Sangam-age orchard of tress in a third, and readily sharing his wisdom for the benefit of teachers and students everywhere.
He is the author Mamallapuram: Unfinished Poetry in Stone and monographs on the Paintings of Ajanta, and the Monuments of Pudukottai District.

Contact Us

For any clarifications, please contact us at:
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 Phone : Siva Thiagarajan: 9884294494; Sivasankar Babu 9840068123

Heritage Sites of Cambodia by Arvind Venkatraman, 7th March 2020, Video

Tags - Arvind Venkatraman, Heritage Sites of Cambodia, 7th March 2020, Video

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Heritage Sites of Cambodia by Arvind Venkatraman, 7th March 2020

Tamil Heritage Trust  
Heritage Sites of Cambodia - கம்போடியாவின் கலைச் சின்னங்கள் 
Arvind Venkatraman - அர்விந்த் வெங்கட்ராமன்

7th March 2020, Saturday 5:30 PM at Arkay Convention Center,
146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

About the Topic

Between the 7th and 13th centuries, the Khymer Empire went through many raise and fall.. The kings moved their capitals from one city to another in the areas surrounding the modern-day Siem Reap. They have left behind the monumental temple, both Hindu and Buddhists. They were influenced by India, especially southern India. Their relationship with Cholas enabled them to overcome their traditional enemies the Chams. In this talk, I wish to introduce some of the key temples, their layout, their progression over the years. 

About the Speaker

An IT professional, who dabbles with history, photography, and travel.  Arvind has delivered lectures on topics like Indian Paintings, Idol Theft Story, Chalukyas of Badami and a website on Mahabharatha.
தலைப்பு :
கம்போடியாவின் கெமர் பேரரசு ஏழாம் நூற்றாண்டிலிருந்து பதிமூன்றாம் நூற்றாண்டுக்கிடைப்பட்ட காலத்தில் பல எழுச்சிகளையும்வீழ்ச்சிகளையும் சந்தித்தது. அதன் அரசர்கள் இப்போதிய சியாம் ரீப் சுற்றியுள்ள பகுதிகளில் தங்கள் தலைநகரங்களை பல இடங்களுக்கு மாற்றினர். பல இந்துபௌத்த கோயில்கள் மற்றும் நினைவுச் சின்னங்களை எழுப்பினர். அவர்களின் கலை பாரம்பரியத்தில் இந்தியாவின் குறிப்பாக தென்னிந்தியாவின் தாக்கம் அதிகமாக இருப்பதை காணலாம்.  அவர்களின் பரம்பரை எதிரியான சம்பர்களை சோழ அரசர்களின் உதவியோடு முறியடித்தனர். என்னுடைய இந்த உரையில் அவர்களெழுப்பிய சில முக்கிய கோயில்கள்அவைகளின் அமைப்புகாலப்போக்கில் அவற்றின் முன்னேற்றம் பற்றி பேசப் போகிறேன்.


அர்விந்த் ஒரு தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப வல்லுனர். மேலும், வரலாறுபுகைப்படத் துறைபயணம் போன்றவற்றில் ஆர்வமிக்கவர். இந்திய ஓவியங்கள்சிலைத்  திருட்டுவாதாபி சாளுக்கியர்கள், ஒரு மஹாபாரத இணையதளம் போன்ற பல தலைப்புகளில் அவர் உரையாற்றியிருக்கிறார்.

Entry for the event is FREE; No registration required. The event will also be available LIVE on the Internet. For further details, please visit &

Tamil Heritage Trust
Contact: T Ravishankar 9500074247    

Monday, February 10, 2020

மரங்கள் போற்றுதும், ரஜனி அர்ஜுன் சங்கர், Video

Tags - Rajani Arjun Shankar, Trees in Our Temples, Lore, and Literature, 1st February 2020, Video

மரங்கள் போற்றுதும், ரஜனி அர்ஜுன் சங்கர், 1st Feb, 2020

Tamil Heritage Trust  
Trees in our Temples, Lore and Literature - மரங்கள் போற்றுதும் 
A Talk in Tamil
Rajani Arjun Shankar

1st  February 2020, Saturday 5:30 PM at Arkay Convention Center,
146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

About the Topic

Trees are important parts of our physical world, providing clean air, food, medicine, timber, and a myriad of other things. But our connection with trees goes much deeper. We worship them in temples. We describe them in our tales, proverbs, and poetry. In this talk, we look at these connections, by taking up about a dozen different species of trees, and seeing how they feature in rituals, Tamil language, and literature. 

About the Speaker

Rajani Arjun Shankar taught English, Social Studies, Sanskrit, etc. in "The School – KFI". She is deeply interested in Carnatic Music as well as Sanskrit and Tamil literature. She has compered thematic concerts and translated works from Sanskrit to English. She volunteers with Nizhal, an NGO that works towards sensitive greening of urban spaces, and often leads Tree Walks in different localities of Chennai for adults and school children.

தலைப்பு :
மரங்கள் நம் வாழ்வில் இன்றியமையாதவை.  நல்ல காற்று, உணவு, மருந்துகள், மற்றும் பல பொருட்களை தருபவை. ஆனால் மரங்களுடன் நமக்குள்ள உறவு  பயன்களோடு நிற்காமல் இன்னும் ஆழமாக செல்வது .  கோயில்களில் மரங்களை  வழிபடுகிறோம்.  நமது கதைகளிலும், பழமொழிகளிலும், கவிதைகளிலும் மரங்கள் சிறப்பான இடம் பெற்றுள்ளன. இந்த உரையில் அத்தகைய ஒரு 12 மரங்களை எடுத்துக்கொண்டு, மொழியிலும் சம்பிரதாயங்களிலும் அவை இடம்பெறுவதன் விவரங்களை அறிய முனைவோம்.


ரஜனி அர்ஜுன் சங்கர் "The School - KFI" பள்ளியில் ஆசிரியராக பணியாற்றியவர்.  நிழல் என்ற அரசு சாரா தொண்டு நிறுவன அமைப்பில் தன்னார்வலராக பணியாற்றுபவர்.  சென்னையின்  வெவ்வேறு  இடங்களில், சிறுவர்களும், பெரியவர்களும் கலந்து கொள்ளும்  "Tree Walk"  நிகழ்ச்சிகளை நடத்தியுள்ளார் .  கர்நாடக இசை, ஸமஸ்க்ருதம், தமிழ்  ஆகியவற்றில் மிகுந்த ஈடுபாடு கொண்டவர். பல இசைநிகழ்ச்சிகளை ஒன்றிணைத்தவர்.  சமஸ்க்ருதத்திலிருந்து ஆங்கிலத்துக்கு பல மொழிபெயர்ப்புகளை செய்திருக்கிறார்.  

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கோலத்தின் பயணம் - மீனாக்‌ஷி தேவராஜ், Video

Tags - Meenakshi Devaraj, Journey of Kolam, 4th January 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

கோலத்தின் பயணம் - மீனாக்‌ஷி தேவராஜ், 4th January 2020

தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரிய அறக்கட்டளை
"கோலத்தின் பயணம்"

மீனாக்‌ஷி தேவராஜ்
4th January 2020, Saturday 5:30 PM at Tamil Virtual Academy,
Gandhi Mandapam Road, Near Anna Centenary Library, Kotturpuram, Chennai 600025

தலைப்பு  பற்றி

வீட்டு வாசல்களில் கோலமிடுவது ஏன்? நம்முடைய வீட்டு வாசல்களை அழகூட்டும் கோலங்களுக்கு வரலாற்று பின்னணி உண்டா? சங்க இலக்கியங்களில் கோலங்கள் குறித்து ஏதேனும் குறிப்புகள் உண்டா? இத்தகைய கேள்விகளுக்கு விடை தேடும் முயற்சிதான் இந்த உரை.

பேச்சாளர் பற்றி

தமிழ் பண்பாடு, வரலாறு, கலாச்சாரம் மீது கொண்ட ஈடுபாட்டினால் தகவல் தொழில்நுட்பத் துறையை விடுத்து, தன்னார்வல ஆராய்ச்சியாளரான மீனாக்ஷி தேவராஜ், சங்க இலக்கியங்கள் குறித்து ஆராய்ச்சி மேற்கொண்டு வருகிறார். தமிழிலும் ஆங்கிலத்திலும் ஏராளமான கட்டுரைகள் எழுதியிருக்கிறார். கதை சொல்லியாக பல்வேறு நிகழ்ச்சிகளை முன்னின்று நடத்தியிருக்கிறார். யூடியூப் தளத்திலும் தனியொரு அலைவரிசையை நடத்திவருகிறார்.

Tamil Heritage Trust 
Journey of Kolam

A talk in Tamil by
Meenakshi Devaraj
4th January 2020, Saturday 5:30 PM at Tamil Virtual Academy,
 Gandhi Mandapam Road, Near Anna Centenary Library, Kotturpuram, Chennai 600025

About the Talk
Does the Kolam we see every day at the entrance of our houses have a history?  Why should we adorn our entrance with Kolam?  Does Sangam Literature have any traces of it to answer these questions?  
The presentation “ கோலத்தின் பயணம்”  (Journey of Kolam) is the result of a small analysis done by the speaker, based on all these questions that floated in her mind.

About the Speaker
After a successful career in the IT industry, Meenakshi Devaraj became a home-grown historian due to the love and passion for local history and Tamil culture. She has done extensive research in Sangam Literature. She has also written many articles in English and Tami and runs a YouTube channel in her name which has a lot of easy explanations to Tamil Literature.  She has conducted many storytelling sessions as well.  

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