CSTC Events (Past)
Thirukkural: Sacred or Secular?
Date: Saturday, 5 October
Time: 4.00pm - 6.30pm
Venue: The Pod (Level 16), The National Library, 100 Victoria Street
Considered the greatest of the Tamil texts, it offers profound insights into how life should be lived, both externally and internally. While widely respected, Thirukkural has also generated spirited debates about its underlying perspective – is it a secular perspective or a religious perspective? If religious, which religion does it represent? Such questions are intriguing and have to be resolved entirely by reference to the text itself, as there is little external evidence one way or another.
To help us explore these questions, three thought leaders will share their views.
Prof S Thinnappan, a leading Tamil scholar in Singapore;
Mr Sabaratnam Ratnakumar, who has translated Thirukkural into English, and
Mr Subramaniam Nadaison, a Master Teacher in Tamil in the Ministry of Education.
The forum will be presented in English and moderated by Mr. Arun Mahizhnan.