By V. R. M. Chettiar, B. A.
Here is a sound delightful critical study of a great Tamil classic Kalingathu Parani ( கலிங்கத்துப் பரணி) sung by the poet Jayam Kondan of the 12th Century A. D.
Our critic Sri. N. Subbu Reddiar, M. A., B. Sc., L. T. has critically summarised within a short campass the central situations of the poetic narrative, psychologically emphasising the inspired poetic excellences of this great classic, and subtly interpreting the hidden poetic splendour of certain glorious passages which reveal, and revel in the glory of the human war and human love wherein demons also enjoy their unique participation by a tumultuous display of their revelrous dance and ceaseless gluttony, when the King's victory is cheerfully celebrated as a great public exhilaration.
Our author Mr. N. Subbu Reddiar, already the author of “ கவிஞன் உள்ளம் ”, has used a very simple effectual prose as a convenient medium for interpreting Jayam Kondan's mighty poetic masterpiece, and has surely succeeded in achieving a lucid exposition of the poetic theme of glorious war and glorious love, without allowing any confusion to creep in.