It is, therefore, heartening to write this foreword to the series of publications being brought out by CICT, which I am sure, will do full justice to the masterpieces in Tamil without compromising on the quality of production. The Sangam corpus being a repository of our glorious culture, it behaves our present and future generations to study them and to convey their message and the vision of life embodied in them to the public at large. I am most happy to note that the Critical Edition Project of CICT has taken upon itself the arduous task of bringing out definitive editions of all the forty-one Classical Tamil texts chosen for close study and research. This means years of labor of love involving collection, collation and interpretation of several palm-leaf and paper manuscripts of each of those texts composed at least two millennia ago. The present work is such an edition of the Marutam Hundred of AinkurunCuu, a jewel of an anthology in which each poem consisting of three to six lines is a marvel of aesthetic delight.
Let me commend this volume and the rest of the series to the enlightened beings the world over.
I convey my hearty wishes to the Director Mr. A. Palanivel and the Registrar Prof. Muhilai Rajapandian who have rendered their time and whole hearted involvement for the publication of the Critical Edition of Airikulunatu Marutam.
The present volume is the first definitive edition of the Marutam Hundred of Auk/aunt-mu which is the product of months and months of hard work by a team of specialists that attempted to arrive at the original text after consulting, collating, and interpreting all the available palm leaf and paper manuscripts.
This edition was prepared with painstaking efforts by Dr. K.V. Balasubramaniam who has done Central Institute of Classical Tamil after consulting palm leaf manuscripts acquired through digitization from different parts of the world.
Prof. K.G. Venkataraman and Mr. K. Padamanabhan who participated in the editing of this work are no more. I convey my heartiest thanks to the departed souls.
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