Danielou and maNimEkalai
jlc at ccr.jussieu.fr
Sat Apr 5 08:06:20 UTC 1997
Since too much has already been said
or alluded to, I believe I should say
what I know:
I personnaly know T.V.Gopal Iyer
(I have been his student).
He is an immense Tamil scholar.
He did an english translation of maNimEkalai
but he was cheated by Danielou.
I cannot give you the details of how it happened
(only T.V.Gopal Iyer could)
The translation which was published as
(The Dancer with the Magic Bowl)
by Merchant-Prince Shattan
with the collaboration of T.V.Gopala Iyer
A New Direction Book
is mostly TVG's
although at places Daniélou has introduced errors.
This is a shame and a pity.
I do not how the matter stands
with Daniélou's "translation" of cilappatikAram
but it has to be the same
(somebody else doing the translation
and Daniélou doing some polishing and putting
I won't give any more details.
All I have for a proof
is TVG's testimony
and my admiration for him.
-- Jean-Luc CHEVILLARD (Paris)
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