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

Asko Parpola aparpola at gmail.com
Fri Mar 25 16:23:46 UTC 2022

The Sanskrit word meant by Nagaswamy should be (instead of bāṇa- ‘arrow’) vāṇá- ’sound, voice, music’, attested since the Rigveda, but according to Mayrhofer without a good etymology. A look at DEDR 4068 suggests that Tamil pāṇ ’song, melody’ etc have a good Dravidian etymology, which could explain Sanskrit vāṇa.

Best wishes,  Asko Parpola

> On 25. Mar 2022, at 17.34, Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> 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.  
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfG7LsnKJKU#t=10m16s <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfG7LsnKJKU#t=10m16s>
> I would like to know if any other scholar has offered this etymology. 
> Thank you in advance
> Regards,
> Palaniappan 
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