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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Now Thirukkural in digital format, along with explanatory notes

By Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai

Chennai, 18 June ( Thirukkural in digital format, first time in music, has hit the market. If Kalaigner Karunanidhi has penned Kuralovium, an explanatory note on Kural, now there is somebody from his family casting it in micro chip. The world book of knowledge is going far to capture the present-day global Tamils obsessed with western music and pop and rock. A few Tamil literary activists have come together in Chennai and launched ‘Digital Tirukkural’ microchip that can recite all the 1330 couplets of the legendary Tamil savant Tiruvalluvar. It also has explanations in contemporary Tamil.‘Kalaimamani’ Mutharasi Ravi, general manager, Madura Corp, said she has developed the idea based on the highly popular ‘digital Bible’ introduced in Denmark about a year ago.

“All the three chapters of Aram (deeds), Porul (wealth) and Inbam (pleasure) comprising 133 chapters and holding 1330 kurals have been recorded in song pattern followed by Kalaignar’s explanatory notes,’ says Ms Mutharasi, explaining her ‘path-breaking’ product that took two years to develop. She is the daughter of ‘Murasoli’ Sornam, Kalaigner Karunanidhi’s nephew.

The highpoint of the microchip, bearing the ceramic figure of Saint Tiruvalluvar, is that along with the couplet of choice, the user will be able to hear the kurals rendered by Sirkazhi Sivachidambaram. It also cosntains explanatory notes by Saradha Nambi Arurun, and reading from Kalaignar Urai, penned by DMK chief minister Karunanidhi.

The chip-player allows the user to switch between the desired athikarams (chapters) through the nine-hour rendering. Ms Mutharasi is confident that the microchip would be a great hit amid the 80 million Tamils across the globe — particularly the youth since it has ‘great’ music composed by Sikkil B. Balasubramaniam.

Sirkazhi Sivachidambaram says he worked for six months to match ragas for the 133 adhikarams. “Each adhikaram has been sung in a particular raga. I chose the ragas and experimented them on the various couplets,” he says. Digital ‘Thirukkural’ is priced Rs 3,000.

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