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A Video Essay on Tamil
19 June 2006
The Archaeology Channel ( www.archaeologychannel.org ), a non-profit, streaming media channel for archaeology-related content, founded by the Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI), Eugene, Oregon, USA, is webcasting Part 1, produced and directed by M. V. Bhaskar and co-directed by K. T. Gandhirajan.
On the first day that UR went online - June 19, 2006 - it drew 8639 visitors according to Mr. Richard D. Pettigrew, the founder of ALI. The second day had 9942 hits. "While the video has been attracting an approximate average of 10000 visitors daily, Indian visitors rank #10 among all those coming to the page. Why?" wonders Dr. Pettigrew.
Originally produced at the instance of Dr. E. Annamalai, former Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages and now Visiting Professor Emeritus, Yale, the 26 m video tracks - through music and images, and archaeology and literary history - the first 800 years of the known history of Tamil.
'Semmoothai' - a play staged on the red palai dunes of Terikkadu in southern Ramanathapuram by Dr. Murugaboopathy and his theatre group Manal Magudi invokes UR.
Antediluvean myth, the art of
interpretation (tinai), epochs of poetry, Brahmi caves,
Asokan Brahmi, Vatteluttu, Grantham, modern Tamil script,
ancient petroglyphs, Indus script, Jaina influence and
medieval Hinduism are the broad themes explored.