Between preservation and recreation: Tamil Traditions of Commentary

Proceedings of a Workshop in honour of T.V. Gopal Iyer


Collection : Collection Indologie

Collection's number: 109

Edition: EFEO, Institut français de Pondichéry (IFP)

Publication date: 2009

Status : Available


ISBN-13 : 9782855396743

ISSN : 0073-8352

Width : 17 cm

Height : 24 cm

Weight : 0,55 kg

Number of pages : 320

Distributor : EFEO Pondichéry Contact :, distributeur online :, distributeur Chennai :

Geography : India

Language : English

Place : Pondichéry

Support : Papier

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The seed from which this book germinated was a workshop entitled “Between Preservation and Recreation: Tamil Traditions of Commentary in Pursuit of the Caṅkam Era”, held in the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO in July 2006 in honour of the late and much lamented Pandit T.V. Gopal Iyer. A presentation of the life and work of T.V. Gopal Iyer, along with his bibliography, is followed by essays. After a general introduction by Eva Wilden, Thomas Lehmann gives a survey of the types of commentary found in Tamil. Jean-Luc Chevillard addresses the interaction between scholastic Sanskrit and Tamil. G. Vijayavenugopal, Eva Wilden and A. Dhamodharan deal with the genre of grammatical and poetological commentaries. Martine Gestin explores the possibilities of retrieving social and anthropological information from a poetological commentary. T.V. Gopal Iyer (†2007), T.S. Gangadharan and T. Rajeswari write about literary commentaries. R. Varadadesikan introduces the genre of Vaishnava theological exegesis and, finally, Sascha Ebeling characterises the “neo-commentaries” of the 19th century.


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