Atthi Chudi

written by Avvaiyar

Atthi Chudi

— Avvaiyar

அறம் செய விரும்பு
ஆறுவது சினம்
இயல்வது கரவேல்
ஈவது விலக்கேல்
உடையது விளம்பேல்
ஊக்கமது கைவிடேல்
எண் எழுத்து இகழேல்
ஏற்பது இகழ்ச்சி
ஒப்புர வொழுகு
ஓதுவது ஒழியேல்
ஒளவியம் பேசேல்

About the poet


The Avvaiyars (Tamil: ஔவையார்) "respectable women" was the title of more than one poet who was active during different periods of Tamil literature. The Avvaiyar were some of the most famous and important female poets of the Tamil canon. Abithana Chintamani states that there were three female poets titled Avvaiyar. Among them, Avvaiyar I lived during the Sangam period (c. 1st and 2nd century CE) and had cordial relation with the Tamil chieftains Paari and Athiyaman. She wrote 59 poems in the Puṟanāṉūṟu. Avvaiyar II lived during the period of Kambar and Ottakoothar during the reign of the Chola dynasty in the 13th century. She is often imagined as an old and intelligent lady by Tamil people. She wrote many...

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