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ThingaL maalai veN kudaiyaan Silappathikaaram: One of the oldest surviving tamil literatures till date. “Silappathikaaram” and “kANalvari” are the beginnings of what we consider as the early Tamil Isai (the roots of Carnatic music). The exact date of Silampu is not known but is considered somewhere between 400-700 AD. Karumbu salil choudry
period: 400-700 AD      
Avvaiyar Katrathu kai Mann Alavu avvaiyaar.Avvaiyar lived during the period of Kambar and Ottakkuttar during the reign of the Cholas in the 13th century. She is often imagined as an old but intelligent lady by Tamil and primarily referred by them as Auvai.Avvaiyar wrote many of the poems that remain very popular even now and are inculcated in school text books in the State of Tamil Nadu. These books include a list of dos and donts, useful for daily life, arranged in simple and short sentences thAi mookambikai Ilayaraja
period: 13th Century      
Thiru arutpa arul jyothi deivam The ArutperunJothi Ramalinga Adigalar, popularly known as VALLALAR, the Great Munificient, may be regarded as the foremost of the saints and ages of the nineteenth century, considering the heights, widths, depths and intimacies of his integral realisation of the Divine in all the "inmost, inner, outer, and the outermost parts of his being". The VALLALAR was the one who affirmed openly and clearly in an unmistakable language the deathlessness of his body which he attained by the power of what he called "Arut Perum Joti", the Vast Grace-Light of the Divine which he identified as the Truth-Light of Knowledge, Satya Jnana Joti. petraval kanda peruvazhvu Bro.Lakshmanan
(1823 – 1874) enakkum unakkum isaintha  namma veetu deivam kunnakkudi
munnavane yaanaimuga deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
thiruvum  kalviyum deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
siva siva siva jyothi deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
orumaiyudan ninadu thiru deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
vaarum vaarum deiva deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
arut jothi deivam deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan

hari Om namO

pallandu pallandu

The Divya Prabandham is the Divine collection of 4000 hymns sung by Azhvars who lived in the southern part of India before 8th century A.D.The term azhvar means the one who is "immersed in" and they were immersed in Bhagavath anubavam all the time. It was the scholar-saint Nathamuni who, in the 10th century, retrieved and compiled this divine collection and numerous commentries have been written by various poorvacharyas for this divya prabandham and it is a life time exercise to read and the understand the inner meanings of the bakthi laden pasurams. What is presented here a collection of the entire 4000 verses in roman text and in tamil script

saraswathi sapatham

deiveega vazhibaadu



8th century
Kamban  moongil ilai mEle (only pallavi) kambaramayanam,Ramavataram , popularly referred to as Kamba Ramayanam , is a Tamil epic that was written by Kamban during the 12th century. Based on Valmiki's Ramayana in Sanskrit, the story describes the life of King Rama of Ayodhy kAttu rAni  Diwakar
12th Century
  aaya kalaigal arubathu naanku duet A.R.Rahman
Abhirami anthathi sakala selvangalum Abhirami Anthadhi is a collection of poems composed by Abirami Pattar. The 100 poems praise the Goddess Abiraami.

The songs come under a class of Tamil poetry called "Andhaathi". This means, the next poem should start with the word, that ends the previous verse. All these 100 beautiful songs were written in one night. One more specialty of Abirami Andhathi is there is no starting and ending

deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
Thevaaram Munnam avarudaiya naamam The dhEvAram given to this world by chundhara mUrthi nAyanAr form part of the 7th thirumuRai. These hymns blessed by chundharar are also called as thiruppATTU. chundharar hold a very special relationship in the devotion to Lord shiva and so are the hymns sung by them which are the testimony of this strange but sincere devotion. As could be seen from the life of sundharar(1), he lived the material life but the focus of which was just and only just Lord shiva. Whether he wanted liberation or Grace of Lord to help the suffering people or as minor things as sandal paste and materials or even the girls he wanted to marry - his only hold was Lord shiva to get anything fulfilled. The worship of Him and His devotees were the only things his tongue sings. Very naturally these characters of this great devotee are well depicted through his wonderful padhikams.

agathiyar kunnakkudi
10th century     ?
Kurunthogai neeym naanum yaaro yevaro Kurunthogai. Early Tamil literature also called the Sangam Literature (circa 300 B.C – 300 A.D) comprised of eight anthologies of small poems (‘Kurunthogai’) chavukkadi chandrakantha ?
6th Century CE
Thiruvasagam nama sivaya vaazhga Manickavachagar (10th Century): Another great composer of the 10th century was Manickavasagar. He is the composer of two of the greatest poetical treatise of his period, ThiruvAchakam and TiruvempAvai. Although I have mentioned the period as tenth century, it is not absolutely certain whether he was from this period. A few historians date Manickavasagar as pre-Thevaram period (before the 7th century) while others place him as a poet from the post-Thevaram (10th century or later) period. Regardless of the period, the contributions to Indian music and poetry that Manickavasagar made through ThiruvAchakam and TiruvempAvai is unquestionable.
Thiruvilayadal K.V.Mahadevan
10th century  

Thirugnana sambandar


Thodudaiya seviyan  Thirugnana Sambandar: (7th Century) Like his predecessor, Appar, Sambandar, was born in the Thanjavoor district. He is supposed to have been blessed by Goddess Parvathi and from then on began to compose songs and other devotional lyrics. His songs are classified as virutham. The story is that Sambandar composed his first song, tOdudaiya Seviyan, at the age of three, making him the youngest composer ever in the world. Sambandar wrote a variety of compositions, some about nature; others, as a combination of romance and bhakthi or devotion, visioning Shiva as the Nayakan and the poet as the Nayaki. Thus, Sambandar contributed to the development of not only Saivism but also to the development of music. Gnanakuzandhai  K.V.Mahadevan
7th century
  osai kodutha naayakiye Gnanakuzandhai  K.V.Mahadevan

abhagara ninthai


nadavindu kaladi
Thiruppugazh ( tiruppukazh "Glory to the Lord" or "Divine glory") is a 15th century anthology of Tamil religious songs dedicated to Murugan, the son of Shiva, written by the poet-saint Arunagirinathar. The anthology is considered one of the central works of medieval Tamil literature, both for its poetical and musical qualities, and for its religious, moral and philosophical content deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
 15th Century  

kulam tharum selvam

kathiravan gunadisai

Lord VenkatEsA's vaibhavam has been celebrated by the AzhwArs, AchAryAs and nAdhOpAsakAs over many centuries  deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
Thiruppavai maargazhi thingal kind of artistic integration for any classical or poetic creation

ANDALs THIRUPPAAVAI – an epitome of Tamil Classic, Literature and Poetry created about 1300 years ago – yet lives in the heart of Tamil culture.
For the first time in the world this invaluable Tamil treasure “ANDALs THIRUPPAAVAI” consisting of 30 Pasurams is produced by integrating major art forms Music, Discourse, Dance. This fine art combination is unique since the world has not seen this

thirumal perumai K.V.Mahadevan
7th century vaaranam aayiram thirumal perumai K.V.Mahadevan
  ongi ulagalantha uthaman annan oru koil M.S.Viswanathan
                                    aazhi mazhai kannaa aandal thiruppavai  
ambarame thanneere aandal thiruppavai
anantha padmanAbhanE aandal thiruppavai
anganmA njalaththu aandal thiruppavai
antri ulagam aandal thiruppavai
athinathavalli aandal thiruppavai
boodaarai vellum seer aandal thiruppavai
chittanchiru kaalil vandhunnai aandal thiruppavai
ele iLankiLiye aandal thiruppavai
etra kalangal edhir aandal thiruppavai
kalaithiLang katRerumai aandal thiruppavai
kalayan aandal thiruppavai
kanaitilam kantru aandal thiruppavai
kaNNazhagAl aandal thiruppavai
karavaigal pinsentru aandal thiruppavai
kantru kaRavai aandal thiruppavai
keesu keesendru engum aandal thiruppavai
keezh vaanam veLLentru aandal thiruppavai
kotha nAchiyar aandal thiruppavai
kuthu viLakkeriya aandal thiruppavai
maale manivanna aandal thiruppavai
maargazhi thingaL madh aandal thiruppavai
maarimalai muzhanjil aandal thiruppavai
maayanai mannu aandal thiruppavai
muppathu moovar amararkku aandal thiruppavai
naayaganai nintra aandal thiruppavai
nalam tharum aandal thiruppavai
noatru suvargam aandal thiruppavai
oangi ulagalandha aandal thiruppavai
oruthi maganai aandal thiruppavai
vaiyathu vaazhveergal aandal thiruppavai
ungal puzhakkadai aandal thiruppavai
undu madakalippan aandal thiruppavai
thoomani maadathu aandal thiruppavai
vangakadalil kadaintha aandal thiruppavai
Manomaneeyam neeradum kadaludutha The creator of great modern Tamil play Manonmaniam and the composer of official Tamil anthem of Neeradum Kadaludutha of today Professor P Sundaram Pillai (1855-1897) was one of the most distinguished men of Tamil letters in the latter half of the 19th centur manonmaneeyam sundaranar M.S.Viswanathan
Period: 1891    
Kaaraikkal ammayar naayagan vadivil unai naan Karaikkal Ammaiyar, which means the mother from Karaikkal), one of the few females amongst the sixty three Nayanmars, is one of the greatest figures of early Tamil literature. Her birth name was Punithavathi, born at Karaikkal, South India, and lived during the 6th century. She was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. karaikal ammaiyar kunnakkudi
  katru vEliyidai kannamma
Bharathiyar : Subramanya Bharathiyar was a Tamil poet from Tamil Nadu, India, an independence fighter and iconoclastic reformer. Known as Mahakavi Bharathiyar (the laudatory epithet Maha Kavi meaning Great Poet in many Indian languages), he is celebrated as one of India's greatest poets. Bharathi was prolific and adept in both the prose and poetry forms. His compositions helped rally the masses to support the Indian independence movement in South India
kappalottiya thamizhan G.Ramanathan
AduvOmE paLLu pAduvOmE Ezhavathu manithan L.Vaidhyanathan
Chenthamizh nAdenum pOthinilE Ezhavathu manithan L.Vaidhyanathan
Chuttum vizhichudar thaan malargale malarungal Gangai amaran
chinna kuzhandhaigal pol vilaiyadi  kappalottiya thamizhan G.Ramanathan
Unavu sellavillai sakhiye kappalottiya thamizhan G.Ramanathan
Bharathiyar  Kannnil Thiriyuthoru Thotram  aada vantha deivam K.V.Mahadevan
  niththirai illayadi  kaathavaraayan G.Ramanathan
vellai thaamarai deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
ninnai sila varangal deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
kaakai siraginile deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
malarin mevu   deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
odi vilayadu paapa kuzhanthaigal padalgal ?
vellai nirathoru poonai kuzhanthaigal padalgal ?
yaamarintha mozhigalile
Bharathi dasan thamizhukkum amuthentru Bharathidasan was a twentieth century Tamil poet and rationalist whose literary works handled mostly socio-political issues. His writings served as a catalyst for the growth of the Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu. panjavarnakiLi M.S.Viswanathan
  pErsange muzhangu(Engal vaazvum) kalankarai vilakkam M.S.Viswanathan

kulam tharum selvam

kathiravan gunadisai

Lord VenkatEsA's vaibhavam has been celebrated by the AzhwArs, AchAryAs and nAdhOpAsakAs over many centuries  deiveega vazhibaadu L.Krishnan
Thirumangai azhwar hari hari gokula ramana unthan  Thirumangai Alvar or Tirumangai Alvar or Tirumankai Alvar or Thirumangai Mannan (8th century AD) is the last of the 12 Alvar saints of south India, who are known for their affiliation to Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism. He is considered one of the most learned Alvar and the most superior Alvar in the context of composition of verses  thirumal perumai K.V.Mahadevan
8th century
Bhaskaradas swamigal velli malai podhigai malai ? kandan karunai K.V.Mahadevan