[INDOLOGY] R. Nagaswamy on the Tamil word for bard

Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan palaniappa at aol.com
Fri Mar 25 15:34:48 UTC 2022

Dear Indologists,


Recently I came across this interview of late Dr. R. Nagaswamy by Prof. Bharat Gupt. At timepoint 10:16, I was surprised to hear Nagaswamy’s understanding of the word for the Tamil bard as ‘bāṇa’ instead of ‘pāṇaṉ’ (DEDR 4068) and his claim of Sanskritic derivation for that word.  




I would like to know if any other scholar has offered this etymology. 


Thank you in advance




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