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Tamizh Nidhi Award to Sri M. Muthuvelu

Sri Krishna Sweets ‘Tamizh Nidhi Award’ to Sri M. Muthuvelu

Chennai Kamban Kazhagam, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan and Sri Krishna Sweets jointly conducted ‘Vazhi Vazhi Valluvam’ a series on Thirukural at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore.

Sri Krishna Sweets ‘Tamizh Nidhi Award’ was given to Sri M.Muthuvelu by Sri Illakiya Veethi Iniayavan, Secretary, Kamban Kazhagam.

Awardee Sri M. Muthuvelu in his acceptance speech thanked Sri Krishna Sweets and Kambam Kazhagam for the honour.  He said Thirukkural is a guiding force and covers the whole spectrum of human experiences in a very comprehensive manner.

Thirukkural deals with certain basic, but permanent, aspects of life such as morality, ethics, politics and romance. He said this secular, universal and immortal nature of Thirukkural combined with its conciseness and literary charm has been the pride of Tamil people for the past many centuries.

In Illaignar Arangam Selvi Shruthilakshmi spoke under the banner ‘Makkathaiyil Manakayangal’ on the role of Dayarathan.  She spoke on how the grief-stricken curse of the blind couple who lost their son because of Dayarathan. Just as we are dying due the separation from our beloved son you too shall have the same fate they cursed.

Silampoli Chellappan in his talk on ‘Silambu’ remarked that most of historians agree on a single point that in “Silappadikaram” the great Tamil epic written by Ilango Adigal has quoted kural in his epic. Silappathikaram, which is one of the five great epics, written in Tamil language by Ilangovadigal, brings out the power of righteousness and provides the code of conduct for the people in high and responsible positions.

Thirukkural, is a classic Tamil sangam literature consisting of 1330 couplets or kurals, dealing with the everyday virtues of an individual. Considered one of the greatest works ever written on ethics and morality, it is known for its universality and non-denominational nature.


Thirukkural is one of the most important works in the Tamil language.  Translated into at least 82 languages, Thirukkural is one of the most widely translated non-religious work in the world.  The work is dated to sometime between the third and first centuries BCE and is considered to precede Silappatikaram (1st century CE) and Manimekalai (between 1st and 5th centuries CE), since they both acknowledge the Kural text, he said.

Smt Saradha Nambi Arooran compered the program.

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