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"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."

- Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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Books & Writings

Tamil Consciousness in Eelam - A paper presented at a Social Scientists Association Seminar 
in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1979
Tamil Heroic Poetry: A Comparative Study - Paper presented at Second International Conference Seminar of Tamil Studies
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, January 1968 
Tamil Heroic Poetry - Oxford University Press, 1968
oppiyal ilakkiyam (a study of comparative literature) -  PDF - unicode
 

One Hundred Tamils of the 20th Century

K.Kailasapathy
[Nominated by Sachi Sri Kantha, Japan]

" K.Kailasapathy was born on 5th April 1933, in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. In his early days he came under the guiding influence of his maternal uncle N.Manicka Idaikkadar, a Tamil scholar and administrator. Kailas developed a firm affection for his mother tongue in this environment.

Early in 1953, he showed his flair for Tamil language, in his contributions to the quarterly journal "Tamil Osai". Later as an undergraduate at Peradeniya University, he became proficient as a Tamil scholar under the able guidance of Professors K.Kanapathipillai and V.Chelvanayagam. Professor Vlthiananthan, then a young lecturer, guided Kailas in Tamil research.

After graduating, Kailas took to Tamil Journalism and joined Lake House. There he eventually became the Editor-in -Chief of the Tamil Newspaper "Thinakaran" . He was a voracious reader and wrote freely on contemporary subjects. He was there till 1961.

He then commenced his eventful academic career as first President of the Jaffna Campus of the University of Ceylon.. He obtained a Doctorate from Birmingham University for his research thesis "Tamil Heroic Poetry" (this was later published by the Oxford Clarendon Press in 1968).

He had a very successful tenure as Professor of Tamil at the Jaffna University. He made many contributions to select journals, bringing Tamil prose writing very much to the forefront He edited the Navalar Centenary Volume of 1979...

His early death on 6.12.1982, at the age of 49, deprived the Tamil community of a scholar and champion of the Tamil Language.

Father X.S. Thani Nayagam , the eminent Tamil Scholar, wrote 

"K.Kailasapathy in his Tamil Heroic Poetry followed earlier suggestions by scholars like G.U.Pope and studied the Puram Cankam poems as reflecting the Tamil heroic age, like the Homeric Poems".

Among his research contributions to various Journals were:- The Tamil Purist Movement - A Re - Evaluation, 1979., Arumuga Navalar - the Central Years 1834-1848, 1979., The Impact of the Visit of Swami Vivekananda on Hinduism in Sri Lanka, 1980, Arnold Sathasivam Pillai and Tamil Renaissance 1981.

He delivered the Punithavathy Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture, before the Tamil Women's Union at the Kalalaya, on 'The Cultural and Linguistic Consciousness of the Tamil Community in Sri Lanka', in 1982. It has been reprinted as a booklet and is a masterpiece which should be read by every Tamil. Events and processes that have shaped the present cultural trends of the Tamils are ably analysed.  (from S.Arumugam's Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon  - published here with permission)

 

 

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