The enduring recognition of Tamil novel Ponniyan Selvan, now tailored for large display by Mani Ratnam

Film fanatics and critics are eagerly awaiting the discharge of the Ponniyin Selvan-I, the primary version of a two-part movie franchise impressed by an immensely widespread work of historic fiction – Ponniyin Selvam – by creator Kalki Krishnamurthy (1899-1954). The novel’s enduring recognition stems from its join with Tamil Nadu’s tradition and heritage via a story woven across the Chola rule.

The novel

Ponniyan Selvan means the son of Ponni (the Cauvery River). The novel was penned by creator and freedom fighter Kalki Krishnamurthy, and serialized from 1950-54 on a weekly foundation in Tamil journal ‘Kalki’. It was later revealed in type of a e-book in 1955. It tells the story of early days of Rajaraja I, born Arunmozhi Varman and regarded the best of all Chola rulers.

In world historical past, the Cholas are among the many longest recorded dynasties with their reign peaking within the ninth and tenth centuries. Throughout this era, the complete space south of the Tungabhadra River was introduced collectively as a single unit beneath the Cholas.

Archeometallurgist Sharada Srinivasan had earlier instructed The Indian Categorical that “when it comes to the size of accomplishments in artwork and structure and the wealth of writing and epigraphic information, the Cholas would come throughout as one of many richest dynasties in South Indian historical past”.

Whereas the novel is figure of fiction, it attracts closely on the occasions and includes characters from the Chola dynasty.

Writer Venkatesh Ramakrishnan who wrote a sequel to Ponniyan Selvan titled Cauvery Mainthan round a decade in the past, says: “Nobody can deny the truth that it’s the perfect e-book to enlighten folks concerning the historical past of Tami Nadu and individuals who learn the e-book would make efforts to learn up concerning the tradition and historical past of our state.”

He, nevertheless, identified that the novel has confronted numerous criticism for ignoring the malpractices throughout the tenth century Chola rule.

Calling it a novel that ‘grips the reader’ with its the storyline, he stated that that is the rationale that it has been the best-selling novel in Tamil even in the present day after so a few years.

Professor Kandan, who works on the Division of Sculptures at Tanjavur’s Tamil College, stated, “As I learn via the pages of the e-book, I may join effectively with an English novel referred to as Cholas written by Ok A Nilakantan Sastri. The e-book is all about what occurred throughout the Cholas rule in Southern India. I’m certain, Kalki Krishnamurthi too had learn the e-book as a part of the analysis for the Ponniyan Selvan. Even in the present day the Cholas e-book is sort of a bible to authors and researchers.”

The creator

Born in 1899, R Krishnamurthi was a author and freedom fighter, who authored a number of quick tales, novels, essays, travelogues, and biographies. He wrote beneath his pen title, Kalki, and in addition ran a weekly Tamil journal by beneath the identical title.

Most of Kalki’s novels had been successful for his story-telling expertise, and humour in his writings. Most of his work revolved round cultural and social facets of India, significantly Tamil Nadu.

A number of of his creations have already been tailored for the small display and now Ponniyan Selvan is a film slated for September 30 launch.

A few of Kalki’s well-known novels, aside from Ponniyan Selvan, are Thiaga Boomi (1937), Solaimalai Ilavarasi (1947), Magudapathi (1942), Apalaiyin Kannir (1947) Alai Osai (1948), Devakiyin Kanavan (1950), Poiman Karadu (1950), Punnaivanattupuli (1952), Parthiban Kanavu (1941-42), amongst others.

He died in 1954 as a consequence of tuberculosis.

Enduring recognition

Ponniyan Selvan is without doubt one of the best-selling novels in Tamil, and it continues to promote even 72 years after its publication. Based on some estimates, its annual gross sales even now proceed to be round 1,00,000 copies. Not solely it continues to amass new readers, it additionally feted for sparking folks’s curiosity in Tamil historical past and tradition.

Pushpalatha, a Chennai-based IT worker, just lately learn the e-book and stated, “Writer Kalki Krishnamurthy has taken excerpts from the historical past, visited locations that had been dominated by the Cholas, and spun the story together with his personal creativeness…. In one of many chapters, he says, Kundavai, elder sister of Rajaraja Cholan (Arunmozhi Varman), believed in charity and had superior administrative expertise and she or he additionally constructed many Vaidhiyasalai (hospitals/medical services). Even in the present day we will see them in Thanjavur.”

One other reader Chiththartha, who’s from Thanjavur, learn the e-book practically seven years in the past, stated: “I’ve lived in Thanjavur all my life, however once I visited the Brihadeshwar temple, constructed by the Cholas after I learn the e-book, I may take a look at the temple with satisfaction and in a completely totally different gentle as defined by the creator.”

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