Cilappatikaram (An Old and Rare Book)
|Author:||V.R. Ramachandra Dikshitar|
|Publisher:||International Institute of Tamil Studies, Chennai|
|Other Details||8.50x5.50 inch|
Its significance will clearly appear if we follow the progress of the author's researches. At the start, as a research scholar in history, Mr. Diksita devoted his first studies to the old Hindu administrative institutions; his ambition was to give a synthetic survey of them, including the theories of Kautalya and the traditional law-books, and also the actual practices of the sovereigns. Here, of course, Asoka comes into prominence. Mr. Diksita in this connation happily considers old Tamil institutions. But he finds this last-mentioned subject in itself worthy of further and deeper investigation; to quote Mr. Dikshitar's own words, he felt more and more the need for an intrinsic study of the priceless literary treasures of Tamil'. Hence a set of essays which formed the basis of his useful book, Studies in Tamil Literature and History now in its second edition. Hero general statements and hypotheses are not altogether lacking, and therefore the author does not completely escape from criticism.
The translation is based Swaminatha Aiyar's acknowledge indebtedness this scholarly critical work the Mahamahopa have derived immense benefit from Rao Sahib Pundit M. Raghava Aiyangar whom I had consult frequently in course of preparing this work. thanks also several colleagues the departments the University and other friends have been help me in way or another.
One among the five perunkappiyams (mahakavyas of Sanskrit literature), the Cilappatikaram may come under the category of totarnilaicceyyu! and in it we find iyal, icai, and natakam as its chief characteristics.
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