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The long history of triumphs of the classical Dravidian language, Tamil

Tamil has a sustained literary heritage spanning more than two millennia and is one of the few surviving classical languages. Due to Tamil's greater extent of diglossia and the respect classical Tamil enjoys, literary Tamil has managed to keep a large portion of its vocabulary and formal structures. As a result, literary Tamil's higher registers tend to sound more classical. 

Literature - The rich literary culture of the Tamil Language

A more than two thousand year literary tradition may be found in Tamil literature. Even older periods of evolution are evident in the maturity of the earliest existing works. While authors from Europe have made noteworthy contributions, authors from Tamil Nadu made up the majority of those who contributed to Tamil literature. Tamil literature's history closely mirrors Tamil Nadu's, reflecting successive eras' social and political tendencies. During the Middle Ages, the early Sangam poetry's secular nature gave place to religious and pedagogical works. The development of Tamil literature was aided by medieval Jain and Buddhist authors as well as later Muslim and European writers. 

Well over a century after it gained prominence with English novelists, the novel as a work of literature began to spread to Tamil in the nineteenth century. Its development may have been aided by the huge increase in the number of Tamils who have received Modern education and have access to well-known English literature.   A variety of myths, folklores, and even Greek and Roman narratives were interwoven into this romance, which was primarily created for the reader's pleasure. Some of the stories of popular Tamil novels  depict the way of life of Brahmins in rural Tamil Nadu, portraying their ceremonies, traditions, and conventions.

Hinduism - The vibrant Hindu culture of Tamil Nadu

Traditional Hinduism is centered on the Tamil region of India. Hinduism has traditionally valued the bhakti schools of Tamil culture, which are commemorated in its literature. There are multiple views on the birth of the organic bhakti movement. The movement was launched in Tamil Nadu by the Vaishnava and Shaiva saints Alvar and Nayanar. As they traveled from place to place, the Alvars sang hymns to Vishnu. They built temples like Srirangam and disseminated Vaishnavism's ideals. The anthology of their poetry known as Divya Prabandham evolved into a potent work of Vaishnava literature. The Alvars were known as the forefathers of the Bhakti Movement because of their emphasis on Bhakti and frequent allusions to the Bhagavata Puranas. The Saiva Nayanar poets fall under the same category. While they were on the move, they chanted hymns praising Lord Shiva. Tirumurai, a collection of their songs, eventually became the Shaiva scripture. The Bhakti Movement extended from South to North India under the influence of both the Vishnu and Shiva bhakti saints.

Astrology - Depicting the future in Tamil Culture

Tamil Nadu is the birthplace of Nadi Astrology. The word "Nadi" (ni) is the cornerstone of nadi astrology. A sign, or Rshi (Rsi), has 150 Nadis and occupies 30 degrees of the zodiac's 360 degrees. Each of the three categories of indications under the zodiacs has its own specific nomenclature, the 150 Nadis.

Philosophy - The Siddha Philosophy of Tamil Nadu

One who has "seen" Shiva is a siddha. Each Siddha is given five monikers, the first one coming from their parents, and the subsequent four referring to the various degrees of spiritual development they have accomplished. The name given by the guru (the religious master) when he welcomes the pupil is one of the following four names.


Q1. What is one of the most unique things about Tamil culture?

Tamilians have mastered the arts of weaving, spinning, and carving, and their talent is evident in a variety of artistic mediums such as artifacts, sculptor works, engravings, etc.

Q2. Who is well-known as the Father of Tamil literary works?

A respected Hindu sage, Agastaya is known as the Father of Tamil Literature.