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City Express talks to lawyer-turned-scholar T N Ramachandran about his passion for language and his tryst with translation


Thanjavur: TN Ramachandran (80), affectionately called TNR and popularly known as Sekkizhar Adippodi, is amulti-faceted personality. A successful lawyer, he later turned to his passion for literature, translation and expounding Saiva Siddhantha and translation work. A native of Thillaisthanam, a village on the banks of Cauvery, TNR settled in Thanjavur where he practised law. He was honoured with many awards including the Mahakavi Bharathiyar Award in 2009 by the Government of Tamil Nadu for his contribution to the study of Bharathi, Saiva Siddhanthamand translations. He was honoured with numerous titles like Saiva Siddhantha Kalanidhi, Bharthi Siddhantha Semmal, Gnana Saraswathi Peeta Puraskar and recently with Bharathi Virudhu by Vaanavil Panpattu Maiyam. Hewas awarded the D.Lit by Jaffna University. TNRhad penned asmany as 37 books, which include his major translation works. He had edited six books andpublished43 books. He has more than 100 scholarly research papers to his credit and

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