Online Forum: The Ancient History and Culture of South India

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Sat, Feb 27 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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ONLINE FORUM:  Rediscovering the Ancient History and Culture of South India
Saturday, February 27, 2021
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Presenter: Dr. Shobana Nelasco

Accounts of historical events are usually biased and in most instances written by those who held the upper hand. India, throughout its known history and culture, has been ruled by a number of native Dravidian and Aryan rulers. However, apart from their “official” accounts, a different view of history and culture is showcased and passed down through generations in popular documentations, ancient and medieval Sangam literatures, stone inscriptions, statues, palmleaf scripts, copper plates and poetry and songs. This presentation will bring to light an alternate history of the Southern cities of India before the emergence and after the downfall of the Tamil kings of Chera, Chola and the Pandya kingdoms of Tamilagam. It will highlight the rich Dravidian history that includes their native culture, arts, literature, religion, architecture and important personalities, in addition to the general history in brief.

Dr. Nelasco is a Professor, Development Economist and Researcher in South Asian Studies.

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