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Studies in the History of the Sangam Age. A Dictionary of Indian Literature: Silappatikaram has been dated to likely belong to the beginning of Common era, [6] although the author might have built upon a pre-existing folklore to spin this tale.

The Silappatikaram, apart from being the first known epic poem in Tamil, is also important for its literary innovations. University of California Press. Ilango Adigal, the author of Silappatikaramprobably lived in this chilappathikaramm and was one of the vast number of Jain and Buddhist authors in Tamil poetry.

S Rameshan Nair Translator. A Primer of Tamil Literature. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Silappatikaram. Chilappathikxram postscript invites readers to review the work.


Veteran Tamil writer Jeyamohan rewrote the whole epic into a novel as Kotravai in The loyal and astute Kannagi lost all the wealth given to them by their parents. Shivaprakash a leading poet and playwright in Kannada has also re-narrated a part from the epic namely Madurekanda. Reluctant to go to their rich parents for help, the duo start resurrecting their life in Maduraithe capital of Pandyas. Literary cultures in history: He is reputed to be the brother chilappathiaram Chera king Senguttuvan, although there is no evidence in the Sangam poetic works that the famous king had a brother.


Sivagnanam popularly known as Ma. She was married to Kovalan, who was the young son of a similarly rich trader under Nagarathar Community.

Silappatikaram also occupies much of the screen time in the 15th and 16th episodes of the television series Bharat Ek Khoj. As the guards, soldiers, ministers, others rush to help the King and Queen, in the ensuing confusion, unnoticed, Kannagi threw one of malayapam breasts in tremendous rage and the raging fire is supposed to have destroyed half of the city of Madurai.

Association of Asian Studies. A review by George L. Cholappathikaram Book Prize for Translation.

Silappatikaram – Wikipedia

Regarded as one of the great works of Tamil literature, the Silappathikaram is a poetic rendition with details of Tamil culture; its varied religions; its town plans and city types; the mingling of different people; and the arts malayapam dance and music. Sethu Pillai gave him the title ‘Silambu Selvar’, acknowledging the tremendous knowledge he had on this topic.

The Adyar Library Bulletin, Volumes Reema CP added it Nov 26, Jaya A G is currently reading it Oct 06, University of CalcuttaCalcutta review, VolumeLondon: A History of Indian literature Vol. Dr S Ramanathan CEscholar musician-cum-musicologist has done extensive work on ‘Music in Silappadikaram’.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. As a literary work, Silappatikaram is held in high regard by the Tamil people. Sharada Publishing House, New Delhi.

This also shows the power of women in those days. The story of silappatikaram is set during the first few centuries of CE and narrates the events in the three Tamil kingdoms: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The story involves the three Tamil kingdoms of the ancient era, which were ruled by the CholaPandyan and Chera dynasties.


Kalinga Publications, – Tamil Nadu India – pages. Raj vaz is currently reading it Aug 06, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. No trivia or quizzes yet. The movie faithfully follows the story of Silappathikaram and was a hit when it was released. Archived from the original on 14 April At the same time, the royal goldsmith had stolen a pearl anklet belonging to the queen, for which he frames Kovalan.

It is also considered to be a predecessor of the Nigandu lexicographic tradition.

ചിലപ്പതികാരം | Chilappathikaram by Ilango Adigal

The Cilappatikaram of Ilanko Atikal: An Epic of South India. One fine day Madhavi unknowingly utters a line of knowledge within the song she was singing and Kovalan finds his error of leaving his wife.

Raju marked it as to-read Nov 29, At the end of the Sangam epoch second — third centuries CEthe Tamil country was in political confusion. From comparative studies between Silappatikaram and certain Buddhist and Jain works such as Nyayaprakasathe date of Silappatikaram has been determined to be around the fifth and the sixth centuries CE. Rajeev P marked it as to-read Oct 25,