Q: Elegy Literature

Srinivasan Pichumani srini at engin.umich.edu
Mon Feb 10 20:09:08 UTC 1997

>>Are there any paper/books regarding elegy
>>literature in Indic languages? What are the         
>>famous laments, mourning songs, elegies
>>in sanskrit, tamil etc.   
Ganesan, I came across these in our library catalog
while looking for something else...  the first title,
intriguingly,  has the word navarasa in it... but I 
guess it is just a facile reference to the 9 songs.
 Author:         Tankamuttu Pillai, R. T.
 Title:          Navaraca oppari : onpatu opparikal atankiyatu.
 Published:      Cennai : Canmukananta Puttakacalai, <197-?>
 Description:    <65> p. ; 19 cm.
 SUBJECT HEADINGS (Library of Congress; use s=):
                 Songs, Tamil--Texts.
 Notes:          Songs, without musical notation.
                 In Tamil.
                 Cover title.
                 Caption title: Tiricipuram Alankanatapuram R.T. Tankamuttu
                   Pillai avarkal iyarriya Navaraca oppari.

 Summary:        Dirges in Tamil, usually sung by women.

 Author:         Blackburn, Stuart H.
 Title:          Singing of birth and death : texts in performance / Stuart H.
 Published:      Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c1988.
 Description:    xxiv, 263 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
 SUBJECT HEADINGS (Library of Congress; use s=):
                 Tamil (Indic people)--Rites and ceremonies.
                 Tamil (Indic people)--Folklore.
                 Folk-songs, Tamil.
                 Folklore--Performance--Case studies.

 Notes:          Includes index.

I also remember seeing a section on laments, elegies,
in a book of Tamil nATTuppATalkal (country/folk songs)...
But there are too many of those books in our library 
catalog to list here !


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