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Wednesday, 20 July 2016
G Srinivasan

For Porselvi, a class 9 student of Ramakrishna Mission School, the Tamil hymn set ‘Thirukural’ is literally child’s play.

For the uninitiated, the youngster has mastered all the 1330 ‘kurals’ and has topped the recitation competition conducted by Tamilnadu Thiruvalluvar Kazhagam at Anjuham Higher Secondary School recently. Por Selvi speaks to 'News Today'.

"My love towards Thirukural began at the age of seven, after which I developed my interest each day, as I learnt one kural after the other. My parents too were a constant source of encouragement", she says.

Porselvi is spontaneous in reciting any kural from any adhigaram (chapter) and can also explain its meaning.  

 In recognition of her talent, the State government awarded a cash prize of Rs 10,000 two years ago, it is learnt.

Speaking about this, R Ellappan, founder of Thirukural Ninaivatral Payilagam, which trained Porselvi, says, "All the family members of Porselvi had shown interest in Thirukural. Porselvi in particular, learnt all the kurals and was ready to teach it to others too. She never missed a single class and is an example for others in learning the Thirukural".

Along with Ellappan, Thiruvalluvar Kazhagam founder V M Kumar, a resident of Arya Gowda Road, too encouraged her from time to time.

Ellappan has trained over 70 persons in mastering the kurals and has dedicated his time and profession for the said purpose.

According to Porselvi, "Ellappan sir was always patient with me, even if I made a mistake. He used to instead explain the meaning which inspired me to do better."

Porselvi has till date attended over 150 competitions in reciting Thirukural and has bagged several prizes.

She is regularly invited by forums with literary backgrounds to give lectures on Thirukural and also to train children on the subject.


"Like my guru Ellappan, I would like to impart Thirukural to as many children as possible which will add meaning to their lives", she states. In the meantime, V M Kumar is quick to add, "Our forum is identifying talented children like Porselvi to give them all the support and encouragement they need."

Porselvi can be reached at 99621 91887/ 98426 52545.

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