15.11.2015

Ушел из жизни известный тамилист А. Веллуппиллаи

1 ноября 2015 года скончался известный тамилист А. Веллуппиллаи (29.11.1936- 01.11. 2015), один из плеяды выдающихся ученых - выходцев из Шри-Ланки (К. Кайласапати, К. Сиваттамби).  

Польские тамилистки Наталья Свидзиньска, Иоанна Кушо, профессор Сорбонны А. Муругеян и А.Веллуппиллей во дворе Университета Сорбонна, Париж

Польские тамилистки Наталья Свидзиньска, Иоанна Кушо, профессор Сорбонны А. Муругеян и А.Веллуппиллей во дворе Университета Сорбонна, Париж

Veteran Tamil scholar Professor Veluppillai passes away

Veteran Eezham Tamil scholar, Professor Alvappillai Veluppillai, who has internationally contributed over several decades to serious academic work in Tamil language, epigraphy, Dravidian linguistics and religion, passed away on Sunday night in San Francisco in the USA. He was 79. Born in Puloali South of Vadamaraadchi, Jaffna, in 1936, he was Professor of Tamil at the University of Jaffna as well as the University of Peradeniya. He also served at the Institute of Dravidian Linguistics in Trivandrum, Kerala University, the International Tamil Research Centre at Chennai, Uppsala University of Sweden and at the Virginia and Arizona Universities of the USA.
 
Professor A Veluppillai (29.11.1936 - 01.11.2015), an illustrious contemporary of professors, Kailasapathy, Sivathamby, Indrapala, Pathmanathan and Shanmugadas, in Tamil and historical studies, was a student of a great Eezham Tamil preceptor in multi-facetted Tamil studies, Prof K Kanapathippillai, at the Peradeniya University in the 1950s. Veluppillai inherited from him pursuits in certain unique areas of Tamil studies that had lacuna at that time, in grammar, linguistics and in the study of Eezham Tamil inscriptions.

Veluppillai received his Ph.D from the UK and had a further research degree D. Litt. He and Professor K. Indrapala went together for advanced studies in Epigraphy at the Chief Epigraphist Office of the Archaeological Survey of India in Mysore in the 1960s. Veluppillai’s contribution in the study and publication of the Eezham Tamil inscriptions is very significant.

His extensive research on Tamil inscriptional language and terminology was published in Kerala.

After serving at the Peradeniya University for a long time since 1960s, Veluppillai became the Professor and Head of the Department of Tamil at the University of Jaffna in 1984.

Professor Velupillai was working together with Professor Peter Schalk on the Tamil-Buddhist epic Ma'nimeakalai at the Uppsala university of Sweden in the 1990s.

After retirement, he was living with his children and grandchildren in the USA.



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