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LESSON - 2

D01132 - Sirupaanaatrupadai-2

This lesson explains the central ideas in the first forty lines of ‘Sirupaanaatrupadai.’ Since the ‘sirupanan’, the poor wandering minstrel, recounts how he had to traverse through the palai region, i.e. dry wastelands, to reach the kingdom of his patron, the first forty lines offer a vivid description of the palai landscape. The sirupanan was accompanied by his beloved, the ‘virali’. Lines 1-40 also describe the beauty and virtues of the virali.

The sirupanan who figures in this idyll suffers from dire poverty. Hoping to receive help from someone, he sets out on foot. He travels through long stretches of parched wastelands called ‘palai’. The first 12 lines depict the nature of the palai landscape. Tamil poetry classifies geographical landscapes into 5 types: kurunji, mullai, marutham, neithal and palai. There is actually no separate landscape called palai. During the summer months the kurunji and mullai tracts are transformed into arid wastelands. Thus they become the palai landscape. Palai signifies a dry, hot wasteland that cannot support life. Dacoits inhabit the palai region.

The sirupanan is accompanied by a virali, his lady companion. Lines 13 - 40 describe the gentle beauty of the virali and also highlight her virtues. Tamil poets usually resort to two types of descriptions while singing the beauty of a woman. They are ‘kesathipatham’ i.e. describing a woman beginning from head to foot and ‘pathathikesam’ i.e. (describing a woman from her foot to her head). ‘Sirupaanaatrupadai’ presents a ‘kesathipatham’ description of the virali.

The lines also describe how the panan plays the ‘palaip pann’ or the music appropriate to the palait tinai on his small ‘yaazh’, a stringed instrument, as he travels through the wastelands. Tired and weary from the long travel and despairing of finding a patron, he rests for a while under a tree.

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