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The cilappatikāram of Iḷaṅko Aṭikaḷ : an epic of South India

Author: Iḷaṅkōvaṭikaḷ; R Parthasarathy
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1993.
Series: Translations from the Asian classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Literary scholarship on India's epic traditions has long focused on the Sanskrit classics - the Mahabharata and the Ramayana - thereby excluding works in Tamil. Now, the esteemed poet R. Parthasarathy offers a memorable new translation of the renowned Tamil poem the Cilappatikaram, one of the world's literary masterpieces and India's finest epic in a language other than Sanskrit."--BOOK JACKET. "Traditionally  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Epic poetry
Poetry
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Translations
Translations into English
Named Person: Iḷaṅkōvaṭikaḷ.; Iḷaṅkōvaṭikaḷ; Ilạnk̇ōvatịkal.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Iḷaṅkōvaṭikaḷ; R Parthasarathy
ISBN: 023107848X 9780231078481
OCLC Number: 25787875
Language Note: Translated from Tamil.
Description: xix, 426 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Pronunciation of Tamil --
Prologue --
The Book of Pukar. 1. The Song of Praise. 2. The Setting up of a Home. 3. The First Performance. 4. In Praise of the Evening. 5. The Celebration in the City of the Festival of Indra. 6. Bathing in the Sea. 7. The Love Songs of the Seaside Grove. 8. The Coming of Spring. 9. The Nature of the Dream. 10. Country Scenes --
The Book of Maturai. 11. The Scenes of the Forest. 12. The Song and Dance of the Hunters. 13. Waiting on the Outskirts of the City. 14. The Sights of the City. 15. The Refuge. 16. The Scene of the Murder. 17. The Round Dance of the Herdswomen. 18. The Wreath of Sorrow. 19. Kannaki Goes Round the City. 20. The Demand for Justice. 21. The Crown of Wrath. 22. The Great Fire. 23. The Explanation --
The Book of Vanci. 24. The Round Dance of the Hill Dwellers. 25. The Choice of a Stone. 26. Removing the Stone. 27. The Lustration. 28. The Dedication of the Memorial Stone. 29. The Benediction. 30. The Granting of a Favor --
A Note on the Text.
Series Title: Translations from the Asian classics.
Other Titles: Cilappatikāram.
Responsibility: translated, with an introduction and postscript by R. Parthasarathy.

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This translation of the 5th-century Indian epic love story of Kannaki and Kovalan follows the conventions of classical Tamil poetry and is told in three phases: the erotic, the mythic, and the  Read more...

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