Learn Sangam Tamil

24 Nov


Please learn the Sangam poems if you want to know your heritage as a Tamil.  These poems reveal the sophisticated ancient Tamil culture of over 2,000 years ago.  The literature is a record of Tamil Nadu history of about 500 – 600 years.

Our ancestors who wrote the Sangam poems were geniuses.  There are a total of 26,250 lines in 18 books.  They have left this incredible treasure for all of us to enjoy.  We as Tamils are very lucky to have inherited their poetry.  With some effort, all of us can learn and enjoy these poems.  A.K. Ramanujan wrote “Even one’s own tradition is not one’s birthright; it has to be earned, repossessed”.   

In addition to translation, I have given meanings which will help to learn.  I have deliberately translated into contemporary English so that the reader can learn the original Tamil poems easily.  It is a mere tool which helps Tamils to learn the original Tamil poems. I have also written ‘eliya Tamil urai’ for some Kurunthokai, Ainkurunuru, Natrinai and Purananuru poems.

This is a one person effort.  Kindly share this site with friends and family.  Also, feel free to download and share.  I edit, add more notes and update on a regular basis.   If you download, please update your file once every month.   

A.K. Ramanujan also wrote, “These poem are ‘classical,’ i.e., early, ancient; they are also ‘classics,’ i.e., works that have stood the test of time, the founding works of a whole tradition.  Not to know them is not to know a unique and major poetic achievement of Indian civilization”.

Please go to the site http://sangailakkiyam.org to learn some easy poems and take up an exam.  Level I which is Mullai is currently available.  We’ll add the 2nd level Kurinji soon.



Vaidehi Herbert

Hawaii, U.S. A.

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