Tamil Sangam Meet Conducted in Madurai
Chennai: The first meeting of World Tamil Sangam was held in Madurai recently under the auspices of Taiwanese poet Dr Yu Hsi, renowned for his translation of Tamil literature into Mandarin.
Speaking at the event on Saturday, M Rajaram, secretary, Tamil Development and Information Department, praised Yu Hsi for translating Thirukkural into Mandarin within a short span of three months, as per the wishes of the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
“Thiruvalluvar and Tholkappiyar are priceless possessions of the Tamil litera- ture and must be preserved beyond our times. Thiruvalluvar was a political genius, renowned doctor, veteran agriculturalist, ardent lover of nature and a treasure trove of astronomical data,” the officer said.
In his address, Yu Hsi noted that among all the world renowned philosophers like Confucius, Socrates, Aristotle and Plato, Thiruvalluvar occupies a higher throne. “We require big support to get relief from the debacles and shortcomings of life. Thirukural serves a lot to achieve this purpose,” he said. World Tamil Sangam was formed by Yu Hsi with State government funds.