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The Avvaiyar (ஔவையார்)

The Avvaiyar (ஔவையார்) was the title of more than one poet who was active during different periods of Tamil literature. Avvaiyar lived during the Sangam period (1st and 2nd century CE) and had cordial relation with the Tamil chieftains Paari and Athiyaman. She wrote 59 poems in the Purananuru.

Avvaiyar II lived during the period of Kambar and Ottakoothar during the reign of the Chola dynasty in the 13th century. She is often imagined as an old and intelligent lady by Tamil people. She wrote many of the poems that remain very popular even now and are inculcated in school textbooks in Tamil Nadu. These books include a list of dos and don'ts, useful for daily life, arranged in simple and short sentences. The following quotes from Aathichoodi illustrate the simplicity of her style and profoundness of the messages:


Uyir Ezhuthu ஆத்திசூடி English translation


அறம் செய விரும்பு

Intend to do right things
ஆறுவது சினம் Anger should be cooled off or calm down
இயல்வது கரவேல்Help others based on your capacity
ஈவது விலக்கேல்Never stop aiding
உடையது விளம்பேல்Never boast
ஊக்கமது கைவிடேல்Never give up enthusiasm
எண் எழுத்து இகழேல்Never degrade learning
ஏற்பது இகழ்ச்சிBegging is shameful
ஐயமிட்டு உண்Share what you eat
ஒப்புர வொழுகுBe virtuous
ஓதுவது ஒழியேல்Never stop learning or reading
ஒள ஒளவியம் பேசேல்Never gossip
அஃகஞ் சுருக்கேல்Never compromise in food grains

சுடர்மணிக் கவிஞர் வேம்பத்தூர் கிருஷ்ணன்
நிறுவனர், ஔவைத் தமிழ்ச் சங்கம், சென்னை

Handing over a cheque for Rs. 20,000/- towards the publishing of “Avvai Thamizh Kalanjiyam” (the complete works of Avvaiyar along with various articles written about her over the years.

Vembattur Krishnan and his son receiving blessings from Gomathy Ammal, Hariharan’s mother.