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Tirukkural translations into Meitei

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As of 2015, the Tirukkural has been translated into Meitei at least once.


The only Meitei translation of the Kural text was made by Soibam Rebika Devi, a botanist, linguist, and translator from Imphal, Manipur, who translated the complete work in prose form. The translation was completed in about a year and a half's time.[1] It is considered the first ever translation of a Tamil work into the Meitei language.[1][2] The translation was published by the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT), Chennai in 2012.[3] The translation was part of CICT's project of translating the Kural into multiple languages including Telugu, Kannada, Nepali, Punjabi and other Indian languages.[4] The translation was officially released in Imphal in March 2014 by the governor of Manipur.[5]

In November 2014, the CICT planned to recite the Meitei translation along with translations in 9 other languages to commemorate the launch of the institution's Telugu and Kannada translations of the Kural text.[6]

Published translations[edit]

  • Soibam Rebika Devi (Trans.). (2012). Tirukkural in Manipuri. Chennai, India: Central Institute of Classical Tamil. 334 pp. ISBN 978-8190800082 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png..

See also[edit]

  • Tirukkural translations
  • List of Tirukkural translations by language
  • Meitei literature


  1. 1.0 1.1 D’Souza, Vincent (28 June 2013). "Tirukkural now in Manipuri verses". The New Indian Express. Mysore: Express Publications. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. Khan, Tariq (2017). "From the Scholars' Desk" (PDF). The Translation Bulletin. Mysuru: National Translation Mission, Central Institute of Indian Languages (18): 41. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  3. Krishnamachari, Suganthy (20 November 2014). "Under the spell of the Kural". The Hindu. Chennai: Kasturi & Sons. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. Mariappan, Julie (29 October 2012). "Tirukkural goes into Punjabi now". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  5. Express News Service (25 March 2014). "Thirukkural to be Released in Bengali Soon". The New Indian Express. Chennai: Express Publications. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  6. TNN (13 November 2014). "Telugu, Kannada versions of 'kural' to be launched today". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. Retrieved 27 May 2021.

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