Sirupanatruppadai (Tamil:சிறுபாணாற்றுப்படை, meaning guidance for the bard playing on the small harp) is a Tamil poetic work in the Eighteen Greater Texts (Pathinenmaelkanakku) anthology of Tamil literature, belonging to the Sangam period corresponding to between 100 BCE and 100 CE. Cirupanarruppatai contains 269 lines of poetry in the Achiriyappa metre. The poems were written by the poet Naththathanar in praise of a minor Velir chieftain named Nalliyakkotan, a Nāka king of Nāka Nadu (ancient Malabar North Ceylon). Cirupanarruppatai belongs to the Ten Idylls (Pattupattu) collection and follows the Arruppadtai style, a device used by most of the books in the Ten Idylls collection.
Arruppatai poems read like travelogues in which poets who were returning with gifts received from a king, encourage other poets to do the same by describing in glowing terms the king and his country. This gives the opportunity to the poet, among other topics, to describe in great detail the natural beauty, fertility, and resources of the territory that has to be traversed to reach the palace of the patron.
- Mudaliyar, Singaravelu A., Apithana Cintamani, An encyclopaedia of Tamil Literature, (1931) - Reprinted by Asian Educational Services, New Delhi (1983)
- http://tamilnation.co/literature/pathinen/pm0064.pdf Cirupanarruppatai eText at Project madurai
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