Introducing Harinamakeerthanam and Thunjath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan


Dear all,

I am writing this to tell about Harinamakeerthanam and Thunjath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan for those who are hearing these names for the first time. Harinamakeerthanam (Song of name of Hari) is a philosophical Malayalam poem written by Thunjath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan. Ezhuthachan is a philosophical Malayalam poet lived in Kerala around 16th century. He is known as the “Father of Modern Malayalam Language” for the contributions he made in Malayalam language.

He introduced the 51 character alphabet system equivalent to Sanskrit to Malayalam instead of Vattezhuthu, the 30-letter script of Malayalam. According to historians and linguists, Ezhuthachan refined the “style” of Malayalam language and it was during his period that Malayalam literature attained its “individuality” and Malayalam became a “fully fledged” independent language. He also brought the language to the level of the non-Brahmins’s understanding. Ezhuthachan used Malayalam language to challenge the prevailing social conditions. He is known for using his literary works as a powerful tool against the rule of privileged. Ezhuthachan is also considered as a significant voice of the Bhakti movement in Kerala. He brought massive changes and standardisation in the language through his works. He translated the two Hindu epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, to Malayalam for the common man with the mingling of the Sanskrit and Dravidian languages (taken from Wikipedia).

Harinamakeerthanam is a highly notable work as it uses all the 51 alphabets of Malayalam and also speaks high about the equal right of all to worship God regardless of religion, caste, gender, body conditions, social status, lifestyle etc. This poem speaks about Advaitha (non-dualism) in a beautiful way. It was a great challenge for me to translate this 51-lettered Malayalam work to 26-lettered English language, but I really enjoyed. I dissolved into each letters during this work and it was a meditating experience for me.

I felt to publish it online in order to make it accessible to people around the world. I approached some online spiritual sites and poetry sites, but I did not get satisfactory response. Yesterday early morning, I felt to self-publish it through my blog and quora blog so that it is freely accessible to all. I also believe in saving trees and paper šŸ™‚

Thanks for reading,
Krishna Priya

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