Sangam Tamil and Kalaignar

Prakash M
Department of Tamil, Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VISTAS), Chennai-600117, Tamil Nadu, India.


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All the glories of Tamil sung by Sangam poets during the Sangam period, Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi tried to write in a simple style in the weekly magazine 'Kungumum'. As a result, today we have in our hands a great "Sangam treasure". Yes, many have studied the Sangam literature. Very few have searched for the treasure of Sangam literature out of interest and love for Tamil and brought it to the people. Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi's works are multifaceted in signification. Regarding Sangam literature, he selected some songs and divided them into internal and external genres and gave an explanatory speech in his own style as to heroism and love. He regarded the Sangam literature from a new angle, enjoyed it, and made it understandable to the common people. Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi can also be mentioned in that line. This article examines some of the poems in his work from the Kalaignar's point of view.


  • Kalaignar,
  • Sangam period,
  • M. Karunanidhi,
  • Sangam literature


  1. Karunanidhi, M., (1987) Sangatamil, Rockfort Publications, Chennai, India.
  2. Mohan, R., (2006) Kalaignar Tamil, Manivasagar Pathippagam, Chennai, India.
  3. Shanmuga Sundaram, (1999) Kalaignar Kalai Illakkuyathadam, Kavya Publication, Chennai, India.



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