Eelattu Poothanthevanar (Sangam poet)

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Eelattu Poothanthevanar
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Born300 BC - 300 CE,
Mantai, Mannar, Northern Province, Sri Lanka
OccupationPoet

Eelattu Poothanthevanar (Tamil: ஈழத்துப் பூதன்தேவனார், romanized: Īḻattup Pūtaṉtēvaṉār) was one of the earliest known classical Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka) Tamil poets from the Sangam period. He hailed from the ancient international port of Manthai (Manthottam/ Manthoddam in Tamil, Manthota in derived Sinhalese) in Ceylon, the ruins of which are in present-day Mannar District, Sri Lanka,[1] his poems were included in the Tamil language anthologies of the Sangam literature compiled in Tamilakam before 250 CE[2] Writing in the city of Madurai, he praises the valour of the contemporaneous King Pasum Poon Pandyan, who, as per the Narkudi Velalar Varalaru, reigned from 275 - 240 BCE. Seven of his poetic verses feature in the Akananuṟu, Natriṇai and Kurunthokai.[3]

Other Sri Lankan Tamil poets whose contemporary work feature in the anthologies include Pūtan Ila Naganar and Marudan Ila Naganar.

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  1. ^ Stokke, K.; Ryntveit, A.K. (2000). "The Struggle for Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka". A Journal of Urban and Regional Policy. 31 (2): 285–304. doi:10.1111/0017-4815.00129.
  2. ^ Sri Lanka - Literature Encarta article reads: "The earliest known Sri Lankan Tamil poet was Eelattu Poothanthevanar, whose poems were included in the Tamil cankam (Sangam) poetry anthologies compiled in southern India before 250 AD.". Archived 2009-10-31.
  3. ^ Ampikaipākan̲, Caṅkarappiḷḷai; Ambikaipakan, S. (1981-01-01). Eelanadu and the Tamil Sangams: Paper Presented by S. Ambikaipakan at the Fifth International Conference Seminar of Tamil Studies, Madurai.

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