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Classic Tamil Winter School

Pondicherry Centre, Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient

Overview:
Will take place in Pondicherry from 20th January - 15th February 2003. The students and researchers who participate will spend four weeks on the study of classical Tamil, in the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of modern Tamil or another Dravidian language. We hope they will end the course able to read some ancient and medieval Tamil literature. The first five days of the week will be devoted to language and literature. The mornings will be reserved for grammar lessons given by two European scholars, exercises and necessary preparations for the next day and afternoon readings. The afternoons are to be devoted to the reading of classical texts with the Tamil pandits of the EFEO. Experts will lecture during the course. There will be plenty of opportunities for direct contact with Tamil culture because of the location of the Centre.

Two complementary approaches to the texts will be offered---traditional and occidental---and thus the opportunity to learn from both. We hope that the CTWS will contribute to the training of future generations of scholars.

The address of the website giving all the necessary information will be provided within a fortnight.

Dr. Dominic Goodall,
Head, Centre de Pondicherry,
19 rue Dumas, P.O. Box 151,
Pondicherry 605001, INDIA
ddsg@SATYAM.NET.IN

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