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Talk, 'Watercraft in Early Tamil Literature and Inscriptions', by Dr V Selvakumar explores references to different types of watercraft in Tamil literature and inscriptions.
at 5.30 pm IST on Saturday, June 5, 2021 (talk in English)
Tamil literature has references to several types of watercraft. Kalam,
vanji, ambi, navai are some of the watercraft mentioned in early Tamil
texts. From Sangam literature we learn of the range of contexts in which
these watercraft were used - long-distance navigation, inland
navigation, coastal transport and more. Medieval inscriptions too refer
to the use of watercraft for applications like maintaining irrigation
tanks and long-distance trade.
Dr.V.Selvakumar is a faculty member in the Department of
Maritime History and Marine Archaeology, Tamil University, Thanjavur.
Earlier he was a faculty member in the Department of Epigraphy and
Archaeology. He completed his doctoral research and post-doctoral
research from Deccan College, Pune. He was a faculty member at Centre
for Heritage Studies, Tripunithura, Kerala and a Visiting Researcher at
the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Southampton University. His
research interests include archaeology of India, prehistory, heritage
management, maritime history and archaeology, archaeological theory,
heritage management, history of science and technology, Indian Ocean
Cultural interactions, and ecocriticism.
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