Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Kalingathup Parani -69

“He’ll come” you swing it open
“He won’t” you swing it close
You swing it all night
till the hinges erode, Open that door.

வருவார் கொழுநர் எனத்திறந்தும்
வாரார் கொழுநர் எனவடைத்தும்
திருகும் குடுமி விடியளவும்
தேயும் கபாடம் திறமினோ.

A poem from Kalingathu Parani. The poet is asking the women who are angry with their husbands returning from war. “Awaiting him, you swing the door open and close so many times that the hinges erode. Open that door and welcome your victorious husbands”.

Kalingathu p Parani is a short literary work (சிற்றிலக்கியம்) written by Poet Jayamkondar in 12th century. It is written in praise of Kulothunga Cholan’s general Karunakara Thondaiman who invaded and conquered Kalinga country (present day Orissa). Poems 21-74 are the bard calling the women of Kanchi (present day Kancheepuram, the town of Karunakara Thondaiman) to open their doors and hear the valor of their hero. These 54 poems are erotically charged. The next chapters of the work are gory descriptions of battle field and the ghosts getting together for a feast of dead bodies.

Parani is a form of poetic work that is sung in praise of a warrior. It is generally named after the battle. Since this about the battle of Kalinga, it is called Kalingathup Parani.

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  1. தக்கயாகப்பரணி உரை எது படிக்கலாம்?
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