|To highlight his contribution to Tamil|
new role: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy launching the shooting of a docu-drama on Kavichakravarthi Kamban in Puducherry on Sunday. —
PUDUCHERRY: Paarvai Padaipagam, which has made a telefilm on Subramania Bharathi and a docu-drama on Bharathidasan’s Kudumba Vilaku, is at it again. This time the production house has chosen the life of poet Kamban who translated the Valmiki Ramayanam into Tamil.
Chief Minister N. Rangasamy launched the shooting of the telefilm on Sunday at the Kamban Kazhagam building.
He said the Government was encouraging and helping those making documentaries on historical aspects of Puducherry. Gunavathi Maindhan alias Ravi, a journalist, who has made several documentaries, including those on Veeranam Lake, Fourth Estate, which was on journalists, Subramania Bharathi and Kudumba Vilaku of Bharathidasan, has scripted and is directing the telefilm.
“Though a lot of people talk about the Kamba Ramayanam no one knows much about Kavichakkravathi Kamban as such. Even Subramania Bharathiyar has said that there is no other poet like Kamban. And he is the only Kavichakkravarthi. Born in an ordinary family in Therazhundhur near Mayavaram, he learnt Sanskrit and thereafter set out to translate the Ramayanam.
“He had not done literal translation of the work but had woven the life and times of the Tamil people into his work,” explained Ravi. Kamban who was encouraged in his writing by his childhood friend Sadaiappa Vallal, a zamindar, attained samadhi at Naatuarasankottai near Karaikudi. Kamban had penned the Therazhundhur Sadakam on the temple of Therazhundhur and Yer Ezhuvadhu. The title Kavichakkravarthi was given to him by Nadhamuni Alwar.
“We have set the shooting near Jayankondam since there are places that have not been touched by urbanisation. We will be showing his samadhi at Naatuarasankottai and also the Kambar Kottam at Therazhundhur. Since we are doubtful of the time he lived, we will not be giving a specific date,” Ravi said.
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