Book on poet’s work launched

Tamil school teachers and literature enthusiasts at the launch of earliest extant book on Tamilgrammar and linguistics by Barkath Ali (second right) at the Penang Muslim League office in Queen Street, George Town.

UNPUBLISHED manuscripts penned by the late poet, author and lyricist Seeni Naina Mohamed on Tamil grammar and linguistics has been compiled into a book.

Seeni Naina, who was born in India and came to Malaysia in 1959, has penned many books on Tamil grammar and poem but left behind a treasure trove of unpublished works when he died in August 2014 at the age of 67.

The first volume of the manuscript called Tholkapiya Kadalin Oru Thuli (A drop in the sea of Tamil grammar and linguistics) was recently launched in Penang by the Penang Muslim League.

League adviser Datuk Seri Barkath Ali Abu Backer said the late poet’s manuscripts held a wealth of knowledge on Tamil literature which should be read by all.

“Seeni Naina had contributed immensely to the development of Tamil literature and the younger generation should emulate his writing skills on thought provoking subjects,” he added.

Known as kavignar (poet in Tamil ), Seeni Naina had published a collection of Tamil poems in a book titled Thenkuudu (Honeybee Hive) and other books on Tamil grammar and poems before he died.

The league donated some 50 copies of Tholkapiya Kadalin Oru Thuli, which costs RM50 each, to a few Tamil schools at the launching which was held at the league’s office at Queen Street in George Town.

League vice-president Shahul Hammed Syed Mohamed said 1,000 copies of the book were printed and Penang was its second launch after Kuala Lumpur two months ago.

“We will next launch the book in Ipoh and Singapore,” he said, adding that another two volumes were in the works.

More than 200 people attended the Penang launching during which certificates were given to students who had recently completed a course in Arabic Learning through English which was conducted by the league.

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