Tamil Sangam Meet Con­ducted in Madu­rai

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

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.

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