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Foreward

The hoary Tamil Literature from the age of Tholkappiyam down to this day has been enriched by people of diverse faiths such as Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians and as such the language has been resilient and vigorous throughout. Christians from Europe who went as missionaries, traders and conquerors influenced in varying degrees the languages of people amidst whom they lived and toiled. Tamil was no exception. They infused a new spirit. A Renaissance in Tamil was ushered in as a consequence of the impact of these foreign savants. A new style of prose writing came into vogue. Critical apprisal of men and matters became the feature of several later day writers. By and large a sense of realism marked the writings of men of letters in the modern era.

Numerous are the European savants who contributed to the enrichment of Tamil among whom we find missionaries and medical men, civil servants and travellers.

Dr. K. Meenakshisundaram has brought to bear on his subject "The Contribution of European Scholars to Tamil", a thesis for Ph.D. of the University of Madras, a critical approach to the varied contributions made by more than eighty European scholars to Tamil. We get a peep here into the zeal and enthusiasm displayed by these scholars, the trials and troubles they encountered, the tenacity with which they carried on their labour of love, whether it be in the search of manuscripts or collecting materials for writing. Among the scholars dealt with in this sumptouous volume are missionaries like Dr. Caldwell whose work on the Comparative Grammar of Dravidian Languages is still a basic text in the field and Dr.G.U. Pope, well known for his translation of Tiruvacakam. Robert de Nobili, the pioneer of modern Tamil Prose, Dr. S.F. Green, a medical man who translated from English into Tamil several texts on Medicine, Joseph C. Beschi, the author of Thempavani are among the numerous other scholars noticed in this book.

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