Francis Clooney


During 1992-3 I had the good fortune to live in Madras and spend the year reading both Tiruvaymoli, the Tamil religious classic composed by Satakopan of Kurukur, and also large sections of the early commentaries on it, particularly the great Itu of Nampillai. For the purpose of this study I met regularly with several learned teachers of the Srivaisnava tradition, with one of them for about two hours a day. Though I had studied these texts on and off during the previous ten years, this period of prolonged and intense study immeasurably deepened my knowledge of the texts. The environment was ideal for my research, and I was able to make satisfying progress on several projects.

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