Tamiḻ ilakkiyamum tamiḻakattuk kalaip paṭaippukaḷum
|தமிழ் இலக்கியமும் தமிழகத்துக் கலைப் படைப்புகளும் = = Tamil literature and works of art of Tamil Nadu|
|Kuṭavāyil mu. Pālacuppiramaṇiyaṉ; Prof. R. Chandrasekaran (Foreword)|
|Chennai: Central Institute of Classical Tamil|
"Tamil Literature and Works of Art of Tamil Nadu" is a captivating and scholarly exploration that unravels the profound and unique art tradition of Tamil Nadu, one that stands out among the world's art traditions for its grammar. The book takes readers on an enriching journey through the evolution of art forms, from ancient stone slabs and rock paintings to the magnificent temple buildings and fine handicrafts that still grace the land where Tamils have flourished.
The book begins by shedding light on the fascinating art tradition of Tamil Nadu, which beautifully intertwines art and concept. This synergy is what renders the artistic works not only aesthetically appealing but also deeply meaningful and relevant to society. Throughout the pages, readers are treated to a mesmerizing array of art forms, such as stone cists, cairns, menhirs, and umbrella stones, which reflect the expressions of knowledge development that have been evolving for thousands of years.
The artistic journey continues with the intricate Mansions, the majestic temple towers, and the fortified moats that stand as testaments to the ingenuity and architectural prowess of the Tamil people. The book masterfully brings to life the vibrant history and cultural heritage that has shaped the art forms of Tamil Nadu over millennia.
The heart of the book lies in its rare and insightful art-literature comparative study. By supplementing evidence from classical literature and field studies, the authors offer a comprehensive view of the messages and contents marked in Tamil scripts, now visible as visual masterpieces in paintings, sculptures, coins, and temple structures. This comparative approach enhances our understanding of the seamless connection between art and literature, portraying a comprehensive and holistic picture of Tamil Nadu's artistic legacy.
The rich tapestry of art forms, together with the textual evidence, creates a compelling narrative of Tamil Nadu's artistic and cultural evolution. The book stands as a beacon of knowledge and appreciation for art enthusiasts, historians, and scholars, celebrating the enduring contributions of Tamil literature and the expressive wonders of Tamil art.
In conclusion, "Tamil Literature and Works of Art of Tamil Nadu" is a masterpiece that celebrates the harmonious interplay of art and literature within the unique art tradition of Tamil Nadu. Its meticulous research, complemented by evocative visuals, offers a profound and enlightening experience that captures the essence of Tamil Nadu's artistic brilliance. This book stands as a timeless tribute to the enduring legacy of Tamil Nadu's art and literature, resonating with readers and kindling a deep appreciation for the treasures of the Tamil artistic heritage.