Length: 26 min
South India is a culture with a continuous literary tradition more than 2000 years old. With 80 million speakers, Tamil is one of few languages besides Greek that is both classical and modern. This video essay outlines in images and music the development of the rich Tamil culture and writing systems. The origins of its earliest written script, found on cave walls, is a mystery. Some say it descends from the still undeciphered Indus script used 4000 years ago in modern Pakistan and northwestern India and that the Indus people spoke Dravidian, ancestral to Tamil.
A video essay by M.V. Bhaskar and K.T. Gandhirajan
Copyright 2005 by Apple & a Bathtub
- Asko Parpola's Home Page
- The South Deccan Prehistory Project
- Historical Atlas of South India (French Institute of Pondechery)
- Mahabalipuram (Answers.com)
- M.V. Bhaskar Web Site (with Quicktime version of this video)
- A Note on the Muruku Sign of the Indus Script in light of the Mayiladuthurai Stone Axe Discovery (Harappa.com)
- Tamil Electronic Library (K. Kalyanasundaram)
- Tamil Heritage (Tamilnation.org)
- Tamil People (Wikipedia)
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