Tamil love poem
௧ண்ணாடியில் தெரியும் உன் தி௫முகம் தானே
அன்பே எனது ௧விதை! உடன் விழித்துப் பார்,
அல்லது மறைந்து விடுமே, இது என் அழிவு!
அன்பே ஆருயிரே, நான் உன்னை நேசிக்கிறேன்.
Audio Abath Ahsan
1ṇṇāṭiyil teriyum uṉ ti5mukam tāṉē
Aṉpē eṉatu 1vitai! uṭaṉ viḻittup pār,
Allatu maṟaintu viṭumē, itu eṉ aḻivu!
Aṉpē āruyirē, nāṉ uṉṉai nēcikkiṟēṉ.
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Tamil is a Dravidian language (the most important). There are specific levels of language, depending on the social position of the speaker (brahmin or non brahmin). It is spoken in Nadu state (Madras), and its the oldest and the most richly developed of the Dravidian languages.
The Sahgam, which designates a set of poetic collections and the group formed by its authors, predates all other Dravidian literatures. Its poems reflect the socio-political life of the kingdoms Cera, Cola and Pndya, exalt courage and glory of warriors and speak of love life in all its forms.
Then, without a brutal break, appears a religious poetry. The Tevaram of Apparn Campatar and Cuntarar is famous. Let us also mention the works of Manikkavacakar and the Tirumantiram of Tirumular. Kampan considered as the greatest medieval poet is the author of a Ramayana, which celebrates Visnu. Other poets cultivate royal praise (Ceyankontan, Pukalenti).
The Italian Jesuit Beschi, father of the Tamil prose, grammarian and poet, gives the first Christian kavya, the Tempavani. Modern poetry is represented by the rebellious poet Bharati. Today popular and social poetry is dominated by the works of Kannatacan.
Tamils live in southern India and have a large diaspora in many countries. Their language has its own alphabet.