October 12, 2009

Kalapirar - Tamil History

களப்பிரர் - Kalabhras come into Tamil history around 3rd century. They ruled over the tamil heartland for over three centuries. Later from the 7th century onwards, we get to see the dominance of Pallavas, Pandyas and cholas. Unfortunately, there is very little "popular" historic details about this clan. Very easily the historians have skipped three hundred years and termed it as an interregnum - இருண்ட காலம். The joke is, the most famous tamil literature - Thirukural is from this period. Other classics are Naaladiyar, Inna Narpathu, Iniyavai Narpathu..and many such works..so much for being இருண்ட காலம்!

Jeyamohan, in one of his recent blogs - களப்பிரர் has undermined the importance of researching about this period and why the three hundred years of history has been showcased as a virtual black hole. Interesting read for history enthusiasts.

12 comments:

Krishnan said...

Those three centuries should be fascinating history, as predicted by many, Tamil country would have been under Buddhist/Jain influence.

sugan said...

rightly said..more research and correct historical perspective is the need of the hour

Krishnan said...

Happy Deepavali.

sugan said...

Thanks krishnan

sugan said...

varalaaru has an interesting article - http://varalaaru.com/Default.asp?articleid=929

mahesh said...

Hi Suganthi,
Nice to know that u too have interest in Kalapirar Period of T N. I often go to Connemara Library in Madras. If interested, I suggest u to get in touch with section in charge or the concerned person maintaining the racks to lay your hands upon the two/three titles. You might find interesting pieces of information!
From: Mahendiran J K

karteesblog said...

The meaning for dark period is we were not ruled Chera/Chola/Pandiyas instead we were ruled by the kuru mannargal who came in after Madurai erippu. This is the time frame where Thirukural and other Tamil literature where compiled (meaning it was already created and almost destroyed in the madurai erippu some one took the responsibility to compile these literature) If we were ruled by the Tamil dynasty. We would hae got more information about Thiruvalluvar

Anonymous said...

KALAPIRAR PERIOD IS NOT BLOCK PERIOD .IT IS PURPOSELY BLOCKED BY THEN HISTORY WRITER BECAUSE OF UTTER RELIGIOUS FEELINGS.NOT INTERESTED TO GIVE IMPORTANCE TO GIVE GLORIOUS PERIOD TAMILS BY NATIVE TAMILS BEFORE THE INVASION OF NEIGHBORING DYNASTIES

Thamizh Thendral said...

Ya i agree wid anonymous. . . .

Kalidhas Armugam said...

I agree with Anonymous. Well said Anonymous !!!

Balamurugan said...

Main reason may be Kalapirarkal are the kings against Brahmanism which is contrast to the practice followed by other south Indian rulers like cholas pallavas.That is the reason most of the historians mentioned it as dark period.It may be dark period But it is better to mention for whom it is dark,Gupta period is called Golden period ,again the same question to whom it is "'

Anonymous said...

Hi , I suggest you to do searches in abandoned agraharams
like velvikudi in and around Thanjavur particularly Iyengars agraharam .You may get some light.