Published: August 8, 2011 00:00 IST | Updated: August 8, 2011 04:18 IST
Tamil scholar Sivathamby's contributions hailed
Scholars pay tribute to his works, thinking and personality
A large number of Tamil scholars and academics gathered here to discuss the works, thinking and personality of Karthigensu Sivathamby, Tamil scholar from Sri Lanka, who passed away recently.
In his address, P. Mathaiyan, Head of Department, Periyar University, Salem, said one aspect of the greatness of Sivathamby was that he was not static in his thinking. He adapted his beliefs, thinking process and works to latest research. Mr. Mathaiyan hailed the scholar's contribution towards criticism of Sangam literature.
AcademiciRaj Kumar of Central Institute of Classical Tamil said Sivathamby was one of the foremost progressive thinkers of modern day and much of his thoughts rest on Marxist perspective of society.
Head of the Department of Tamil, University of Madras University, Arasu said that though Sivathamby would be remembered for his works on Tamil drama and Dravidian movement, he would be more revered for his contribution to and specialisation in Tamil poetry.
Former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu Ravikumar said Sivathamby was one of the most respected figures in Sri Lanka and would be remembered for a long time for his contribution to the civil movement in the Island nation.
Even during the heights of ethnic conflict, Sivathamby did not compromise on his views and beliefs, Mr. Ravikumar said.
As many as 18 articles on Sivathamby edited by Mr. Ravikumar were released in form of a book by Vijaya Venugopal of French Institute here.