Archana Venkatesan, "Endless Song: Tiruvaymoli" (Penguin, 2010)

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Apr 27, 20201h 3m
Archana Venkatesan, "Endless Song: Tiruvaymoli" (Penguin, 2010)
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Endless Song (Oxford University Press, 2019) is Dr. Archana Venkatesan’s exquisite translation of the Tiruvaymoli (sacred utterance), a brilliant 1102-verse ninth century tamil poem celebrating the poet Nammalvar’s mystical quest for union with his supreme lord, the Hindu great god Viṣṇu. In this interview we discuss the sophisticated structure and profound content of the Tiruvaymoli, along with the translator’s own transformative journey rending into English the meaning, emotion, cadence and kaleidoscopic brilliance proper to this Tamil masterpiece. For information on your host Raj Balkaran’s background, see Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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