The script is syllabicnot alphabetic. The combinant letters are formed by adding a vowel marker to the consonant. Some vowels require the basic shape of the consonant to be altered in a way that is specific to that vowel.
Dravidian languages Tamil belongs to the southern branch of the Dravidian languagesa family of around 26 languages native to the Indian subcontinent. The closest major relative of Tamil is Malayalam ; the two began diverging around the 9th century AD.
Linguistic reconstruction suggests that Proto-Dravidian was spoken around the third millennium BC, possibly in the region around the lower Godavari river basin in peninsular India. The material evidence suggests that the speakers of Proto-Dravidian were of the culture associated with the Neolithic complexes of South India.
The linguistic evidence suggests that Proto-South-Dravidian was spoken around the middle of the second millennium BC, and that proto-Tamil emerged around the 3rd century BC. The earliest epigraphic attestations of Tamil are generally taken to have been written shortly thereafter.
AD of Deccan. Muruganrevered as the Tamil God, along with sage Agastyabrought it to the people. Even though the name of the language which was developed by these Tamil Sangams is mentioned as Tamil, the period when the name "Tamil" came to be applied to the language is unclear, as is the precise etymology of the name.
The earliest attested use of the name is found in Tholkappiyamwhich is dated as early as 1st century BC. Subramanian suggests the meaning "sweet sound" from tam — "sweet" and il — "sound".
The earliest records in Old Tamil are short inscriptions from between the 3rd and 2nd century BC in caves and on pottery. These inscriptions are written in a variant of the Brahmi script called Tamil-Brahmi. These include a corpus of 2, poems collectively known as Sangam literature.
These poems are usually dated to between the 1st and 5th centuries AD. Middle Tamil language Tamil inscriptions in Vatteluttu script in stone during Chola period c.
The evolution of Old Tamil into Middle Tamilwhich is generally taken to have been completed by the 8th century,  was characterised by a number of phonological and grammatical changes. The negative conjugation of verbs, for example, has fallen out of use in Modern Tamil  — instead, negation is expressed either morphologically or syntactically.
Changes in written Tamil include the use of European-style punctuation and the use of consonant clusters that were not permitted in Middle Tamil. The syntax of written Tamil has also changed, with the introduction of new aspectual auxiliaries and more complex sentence structures, and with the emergence of a more rigid word order that resembles the syntactic argument structure of English.
The language is spoken among small minority groups in other states of India which include KarnatakaAndhra PradeshKeralaMaharashtra and in certain regions of Sri Lanka such as Colombo and the hill country. Tamil or dialects of it were used widely in the state of Kerala as the major language of administration, literature and common usage until the 12th century AD.
Tamil was also used widely in inscriptions found in southern Andhra Pradesh districts of Chittoor and Nellore until the 12th century AD. A large community of Pakistani Tamils speakers exists in KarachiPakistanwhich includes Tamil-speaking Hindus   as well as Christians and Muslims — including some Tamil-speaking Muslim refugees from Sri Lanka.
In Reunion where the Tamil language was forbidden to be learnt and used in public space by France it is now being relearnt by students and adults.Source: Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition, by M. Govindan (Kriya Yoga Publications, ), pp.
The Tamil Siddars Vanaimoinen and Bhogar, Patanjali and Ramana Maharshi, Satchidananda and Satchidanand, and their Connection with Tolkien the .
Tamil Recitations at Sri Ramanasramam - A transliteration into Roman script by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at caninariojana.com Kanda Sasti Kavacam. Kanda Sasti Kavacam composed by Śrī Deva Raya Swamigal helps one to obtain the grace of Lord Murugan.
This is a rare and valuable treasure that helps one to be successful in day-to-day life. In Kanda Sasti Kavacam the author prays to Lord Muruga to shower His grace. It is certain that by regular chanting of this kavacam all the predicaments of life are resolved.
After Tamil Brahmi fell out of use, Tamil was written using a script called the vaṭṭeḻuttu amongst others such as Grantha and Pallava script. The current Tamil script consists of 12 vowels, 18 consonants and one special character, the āytam.
Its rare finding a Tamil film that belongs to a single genre. While most of our films are masala films that are by definition inclusive of many different genres like action, romance, comedy and sentiments, most other films are also a mix of genres(a recent popular mix is of course horror and comedy).
That makes 96 a rarity in Tamil cinema – a romance without other genre intrusions like.
Other articles where Tamil script is discussed: Grantha alphabet: The modern Tamil script may also be derived from Grantha, but this is not certain.