"When Poets Part With Their Words: Some Reflections on the Tamil Lexicographical Tradition" by Srilata Raman (University of Toronto)


Thursday, April 23, 2020, 5:00pm to 6:30pm



In this talk Professor Raman looks at the transformation wrought in traditional practices of
learning in the 19 th century in the Tamil region particularly when it came to the scholarly
apparatus required for the composition of poetical works and the technical skills acquired by
a Tamil poet (pulavar) in training. The talk examines what the loss of certain aspects of this
training might entail not just for the tradition of poetry-making but for the basic building
blocks of such poetry – the language that forms it - and the implications of such a loss for
the Tamil lexicographical tradition and Tamil literature in the post-colonial era.


Srilata Raman is an Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Canada. Her interests include Sanskrit and Tamil intellectual formations in South India from pre-colonial times to modernity, Yoga and Ayurveda, Srivaishnavism, and Sanskrit and Tamil commentarial literature. 

For more information, please visit: https://religion.utoronto.ca/people/faculty/srilata-raman/