Electronic Text Archives in Tamil (transliterated/romanized format)
The simplest way to handle texts of classical languages such as Tamil that use non-Roman characters on computers is via transliterated/romanized format. This has been the practise with linguists and in internet newsgroups. Herein are some pointers to Etext archives in Tamil that use this form of archiving:
Web server at their Institute of Indology
Dr. Thomas Malten and colleagues at the Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies (IITS) of the Univ. of Cologne, Germany have already made phenomenal progress in electronic archiving of tamil literary works. IITS, Cologne has the most extensive collection of electronic texts in tamil in transliterated format ever made. A few of these works are available in entire form for download. But the gopher server at IITS does provide word search for a large number of early tamil literature (Sangam and post-Sangam period).
Nalayira Divya Prabhandam at etext.org.gopher
Dr. Parthasarathy Dileepan of Tennesse, USA enlisted the assistance of volunteers through the newsgroup soc. culture.tamil and has produced the transliterated etext version of the entire NALAYIRA DIVYA PRABHANDAM. The prabhandam files are now available for download at the etext.org gopher server.
Web page devoted to Vaishnavism
Mani Varadarajan has a Web page devoted to Vaishnavism. Etexts (transliterated/roman) of a number of vaishnavaite literary works are available there.
Ganesh Subramanian has put up a Web page devoted to Saiva Siddhantha wherein he is trying to provide transliterated (ITRANS) version of various thirumarais on line. Part of thirumandiram is now available.
The story related to and the transliterated version of Abirami Andadhi (keyed in by Mrs. Vijalakshmi Mallikarjunan) is available at the Web page put out by Mallikarjunans.
WEB PAGES OF TAMIL TEXTS IN TRANSLITERATED/ROMANIZED FORMAT
The following are some of the tamil etexts files in transliterated format that I have put up:
Electronic Text Archives in Tamil prepared using Tamil Fonts
Tamil Etexts in Mylai Tamil Fontformat
As a hobby, in a humble way, I have been working on production of Electronic texts in Tamil using the tamil font Mylai. A number of tamil etext files (thirukuRaL, thiruvAchagam, thiruppAvai, thiruvembAvai, pattinathAr songs, bharathiAr songs,...) are now available to the general public through the anon.ftp server of our institution (ftp.epfl.ch) in both mylai and transliterated formats. See the webpage TAMIL LITERATURE ONLINE for details.
Tamil Web Server at Singapure
The TamilWeb server of the National University of Singapore is developing bilingual Web pages (Tamil and English). Select tamil works of Sangam Period and ThirukuRaL based on the tamil font of Naa. Govindasamy are available at this site.
Ongoing projects elsewhere on Tamil Electronic Texts
Having optimistically labelled this page as a Homepage for Etexts in Tamil, I would like to use this page to provide info. on current/
ongoing projects of etexts in Tamil that I am aware of. This way we can achieve better coordination around the world and avoid unnecessary duplications :
ROJA MUTHIAH RESEARCH LIBRARY /
Roja Muthiah Research Library (RMRL), founded in 1994, provides research materials and
facilities for students of Tamil studies in a variety of fields spanning the humanities, social sciences, and
sciences. The Library's main objectives are to preserve, catalog, and expand the collection of Roja Muthiah,
who during his lifetime amassed one of the world's finest private libraries of Tamil publications.
MOZHI Trust is a public charitable Trust engaged, since 1990, in
developing resources in language and culture. MOZHI which is based in Madras, has been
entrusted with the task of preserving and maintaining the collections of Roja Muthiah Research Library, including providing the library's housing in Madras.
More detailed information can be obtained from their respective web pages.
If you know of any other activities related to electronic texts in tamil,
please let me know so that I can spread the news around through this page!