Kannakis Anklet

Kannaki s Anklet is a near-adaptation of the Shilappadikaram, a masterpiece of the Sangam literature that showcased Tamil life and culture in its full splendour. The epic highlights the trials and tribulations of Kannaki, an ordinary woman, who endures personal adversities but chastises the king for his single act of misdemeanour and injustice. Her anger burns down a city, forcing the goddess of the city to come down to appease her such was the wrath of a woman wronged! An ordinary woman, with mortal desires, goes on to be revered as Goddess Kannaki in Tamil Nadu, as Kodungallur Bhagvathy and Attukal Bhagvathi in Kerala, and as Goddess Pattini amongst the Sri Lankan Buddhists, while the Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus worship her as Kannaki Amman. Mr. Patel has done his ground-work with dedication and has made it a meaningful read to muse upon as well. Dr. Prema Nandakumar, Foreword

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Shilappadikaram was written in Tamil sometime in the second Century AD, by a Jain monk, Ilango Adigal. The work was made famous by its literary merit, and more so because it was written in the lingua franca of the times, i.e. Tamil. This could also be one of the reasons why it has not gained prominence outside South India, as prominence and importance was generally given to works that were written in Sanskrit. While many authors have translated the work in English, and quite a few of them are of academic and literary worth and merit, Kannaki’s Anklet is an effort to make the epic readable in an easy prose form.


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