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Chats Ep. 5 · On Tamil translation & Perumal Murugan's "Poonachi"

There's really no shortage of Tamil works to translate, according to N Kalyan Raman, the acclaimed Tamil translator of Perumal Murugan's novel "Poonachi". On the docket: plays, poems, and works by radical Modernist Tamil literary figures spanning much of the 20th century.
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7 Dec 2020
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Chennai
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Chennai
Tamil
Translation
Perumal Murugan
SAAG Chats
Poonachi
Modernism
Tamil Modernist Literature
Playwriting
Sahitya Akademi
Progressive Writers
Radical Writers
The Story of a Goat
Pudhumaipithan
Satire
Perundevi
Tamil Diasporas
Language
Language Politics
Trail by Silence
Resolve
Pyre
Inequality
Modernist Literature
Avant-Garde Traditions
The Tamil Radical Tradition
Ashokamitran
Devibharathi
Current Show
Politics of Translation
Ambivalence
Poomani
Heat
Vaasanthi
The Goat Thief
Talking Animals
Scroll
Seasons In The Palm
Pastoral
Primitivism
Avant-Garde Form
Eru Veyyil
Tamil Nadu
One Part Woman
The Colours of Evil
Si Su Chellappa
Short Stories
Poetry

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In Episode 5, Aishwarya Kumar had a discussion on Instagram Live on Tamil translation with acclaimed writer and translator N Kalyan Raman, most famously the translator of Perumal Murugan's Poonachi: The Story of a Black Goat, which won the Sahitya Akademi's Translation Award in 2022.


Raman discusses the nature of translation, his experience with Murugan's work and the time when he encountered it, as well as seminal Modernist Tamil literary figures, such as Pudhumaipithan, known for his revolutionary and satirical fiction in a radical vein, as well as contemporary poets such as Perundevi.


There's no shortage of works to translate, Raman argues convincingly. The Tamil short story, he argues further, is the true peak of Tamil modernist achievement in literature.


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