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KANNAGI

KANNAGI

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Published by Chitra Rangarajan
அமர் சித்ர கதா
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KANNAGI, has bsen KAARAMi

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,8 geml of ,e housewife, a ··palr't,lgon of chastity' .. immortalized in the pages of SllAPPADlthe famous

prlnce-turned-escetic.

Tamil epic ow liang 0" the Chera I·t is the storv of a clash between
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three anklets: the anklet of the horne, the anklet
stage" and the ank at of the palace.

the

An ill ..f,ated housewlte, IKANNAG I loses her husband, KOVALA' ,r 'to the' art of a dancer, MADHAVt and finds him a'gain only to Iose htm to the blind Ilaw of' a king. Her story is set in the three ancient clties of South I ndia-POOMPUHAR the Cho a capital where she grew up'; MADUIRAllhe Pandva capital where she fell: and VANJII the Chera capital 'whil,ch placed her on a pedestal,

The apic is a rich record of a gr'eat civilisation, vi,vid w'ith
descriptions of edifces shrines. doc s, market-places, squares, of law's and rttual s, of "Nat.ya, Shastra" (Science of Dance), musicology and musical lnstrumen s of the' _,av'~ Known for its high dramatic content, SILAPPADIKAARAM is a shini ng je'wel i n Tam~~ I~terature,
The memory of lIango and his lmmortal classic has r,ec,enll'V been perpetuated bV the Talmil Naldu Government by erecting, at Kaveripattilnam, a m,a'g nlf cent seven-story art ga~lerv,.. Silappadiksaram Kalaikoada'm,. in ancient Dravidian architecturel stvle, The structure narrates the story in stone

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© IBH

Publishers Pv, td., Bombay 400 026. All rights re served,

Published by H.C. M'irGhandani for IBH Publishers Pvt. ltd., 22~ Bhulabhai Desai Road, Bombav 400 026 and printed by him at IIBH Printers, Marol Naka, Ma thu radas V~ssa nj'i ,~oadr An dh er i ~Ea5t).80 rnbay 400 059.
Editor: An,~uft~. _j P SCli.ip~: LaHthQ Raghup'
Ih,~ ]Uusbatjorls: 'Va.rnam

OF f} MERCHf1N'T CLI1N IN THE CHOLA KtN6DOM, WfRE MflRRlED WITH ,POMP fiND CEREM'ONY ..
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HI1ND5OA1E KOVflLfIN

RND QUtEr; CHnRMINr!) KI1NNIJ61;

~N'D' 5EIEK, THE BLE55IIIN6G' Of TH'E ELDER5~",,'

HOW '60

T:tJME' our~

FJ.5 THE: COUPLe'

,'I W!5H ""tOU ~O"'Y RN'D

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DON"T fOR:6ET

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'TO' 5,f"RE,50ME, TIME, fOR ''tOUR f'RI,END,e~TOO.~",......_ . __

NEXT

DFJY~

HAlVE JU5:r COIN~ L.UDW ~ DERL RTH LAKH5
F RLn~EEe.

NA6l, L.l5~EN ··~~~rmm~~~r1:1TJ.~~~ ~

t"+OW V~U2eRN BU"'i TH"IT HOU5E B'V THE RIVe.R1

'tOU

HRVE BROU:GH'T ME

LUCK. 50 'YOU SHRLL BE TH E. ~vtJI5TR 5,·5 E a THe NEW HOU6E.

DOES THRT MEFINI WE. HAVE TO lfAVE "YOUR I

PAIRENTS"2

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THAT HOU'$E ~I HI'EAVEN fOR ''IOU .'

RND ! Wi L'L, MAKE.

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~ ICE U I~ LO' Ie K . P'' TH-"e_ HO'_ boI.;;,]'
Or.. ".'

, TH'E,'I WILL BE 'oOIN(5

TH/C,EE 'YEI1R5 Lf1TER..,.O'URIN6 THe

SPRING FEt:;rIVI9L~ .......... __ CERTfUNL~'N:OT" AD BEAUTIFUL R5 M'I Wf.FE ..

MAOH'J~Vi WILL :6E,DflNC~N~e TODAY. THE.,'( 5ffV SHE.
IS BEAIUTlFUL~

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T WHEN KOVi7LfiN
I

5IJW MflDfffJVI

EXC.ELLENT DAN CER I! ~~::::-

WHAT

AN

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..'fOUR PERFOR.MIANClE. 'WR5< E..1<CElLE:NT~ 'PLEASE RC:CEPT TH l5 ~ADNEY. A5 R 6.~ FT FROM T~ ESTATE. ,~
r

'KflNNfl6f

fiND ~QUIET
WENT HOME..

tJN EXCITE,D KOVf1LflN

FOR5~T .--- ........ HER~J MUST .~~. MEET HeR rfl'LONE.
~ CA,NI'T

BUT HOW?WHEIRE?

BUY MFiDHRVII17!)

'.___...............15 TH AT RLL I I NE,(K.LFtCE AND ' D'NE NEED'DO BECOME Hl:.1R TO HER?

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HfU'~ID,§OME ---_....~. RICH MRN,,, ..

TO METO ICH005E PI

LlEAVE

JT

LORD~

f'LL,

eer

BU" ~T~

. ''IOU MU er PR'I 1,000 MER'SURE,S OF GOLD .C,a~NIS~ 'iO'UN6 M,A1N,.

... AND WEALTH YOU
. 5HO'WE,R ,ON

I RM, OVERWHElMED B'f THe LOVIE

au,

ME .

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' ",,':n 'O"R -KfiNNn,~'1-,' ,. PO" SHE 15 RL.W'fb"V5 IN TERRS_
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H E 'DOE5 N'OT Dl1E,5ERVE OOICH

TH'E

Pi 600D WIPIE ..

ffWR'I ,~lL HlE,RJ!~WEL5 RNO MONE'y~

can

HA5 TAKEN

YOU MUST EAT SOMETHING. YOU

HAVE BEEN 5TARVIN6~

P . K'OVA LRN NEVER
,SHOULD I lJVE -

FOR 'WHOM .,
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SEND H~M "WAY EVEN I:F HE :DOES!; "'fOU RRE
_ 'FOR', HoI'N,il'II ~ . _. ~

1'0'0 6000

COMES HERE"

M'{ DAU6HTIER., RREN"r 'fOU REflD',/? THE CIRO'VVD OUT' THERE is 5HIOUT~'N6, FOR 'YOU.,

~flM IN NQ MOOD 70 DANCE" '

DI1Y~ WHEN MADHAVI ,5IN6IN6 FOR.KOVflLI7NI r9M HERE PiND HER 5ON6 I~ FOR A Mlo5lN0 LOVER? 15 5HE 'iEI9RN~N0 FOR. ANOTHER?

UTTERL Y D!5fLLU,5.fONED K.OVflLfJN WfJLKED ~WflY FROM HER FOREVER.

~HE, 1,5 JU~T ~NOTHER.

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D'fINC:ER. ~I Wfi~ FOOL~e'H TO'.HAVE ,lO'5T'M"Y H'IE:RRT TO HER.r.ro· HAVE, 5QURN, 'DEIRED RilL. MY MaNE"V '" ON HER

, ,M€/JNWNlLE,OG"];oIDE' HIS HO!f.5c, Kf)NN;;.e IW8e T.:flLK(fV6 TO 19- F._Rf€ND. DON'T PflNIC, I DR,EAMT 'THtlT' HIE CAM,!, l"RUST'IN 60DD~ Mete TO ME ..BUT:~,~"HE' _ Pt1R:V.~TI.,5Hf. TOOK. Me RWAi'( TO fl NE.W,, WI~LL, PR10TE'Cf'YO LP,IND ,AND .....,AND T,HEN , I WAS ._~....... ,

5LJDDENL y-

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M~5TRES5, HE '\:'" T MR5TER. ~6
COMiNG THlo Wfrt~ rlE LOO'KS ,,'
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KflNNfJel RfiN INDOOR'f} fl/'lD

SOoN Fl5 HE ,C.fltf~E IN - -_"

,FORffER tlli58!JND.1J5

'KANNA.6~ :J I WAf:> ft tFOOL TO HRVE '
LEFT YOU..

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l WILL NEVER. NE6LECT '{OU

'WOD E55

A6fnN.

HA5 SEEN KIND TOI ME.

PI1RV!111
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M"Y L,ORD'" I STILL HAVE M"/ f\N KLET5 -'THE lA5T OF MY JEWEl'5. WE CRN

BELL ONE OF THEM

IT WI,ILL FETCH A BETTER.. "

PR~CE IN THE. fIr,fiR-KErB

",OF MIiDURA~ .lc.T "S 'IOU wr5H,
M"Y La R'D. ''{oo

US , 60 TI-~ERE~
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KNOW BEST~

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EfiRLY, THE NeXT MORNINB,

THEY SET oar

FOR MIJDURIU. TOWfJRDS EVEIYIN6HOW MUCH I HA\

LORD. LET U9 REST· FOR R WH'LE.

WALK flN"1 M ORE ~M"

r Cf1N'T

MADE 'IOU 5U
I RM 50RR"1" . TERRJ B L '"i 50

DON'T SA...., THAT ~'lOu H RVE COM E. BR'CK 0
ME.. I AM HHPP"f~ .

HOW COULD I HAVE EVER fOR:5f11~ ..EN THJ5 6000
FOR THAT DflNCER ~ 1"15. 500''~ ~ EAIRN 50ME. MONEY.,j SHALL MAKE. J9ME.ND5. 6HE 5HftLl NEVER KNOW PfllN A6A~N ..

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NEXT MOI<NINrQ-

E" ~::J\NNf16~~THE'RE. I:; ~ TIEM rUE NfflR B)!, LIET U5 P Pf'l"TO THE. 600-' Dc.56 THERE"

. ~5 THE' APiRATI

OVER'?

Df.6TrN'ED ro BE 1\ UOD'DES:5 IN

. VOUt··~,RE

THE PR~I[N'R.~~
,KOVflLf}N Wfi5 HflPPY 8LlT KIJNNI1.(31'S HEflRT WflS FILLED WITH IJ V,fl 6UE' ORE!1D. SffE REMEM8ER.ED' HER.. DREfJM~ M"i LO,RD., I tVV\

THE LAND Of

IlFRf\~0 Of THE.
FUTUR..E.~

BETTER..
. COM,E, LeT U'5 HA~TfJN TO

AHERD OF U~ .

Dff'i5 Li'E

MllDURftL

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""YOU RRE 50 ilMID~ COME" LET ME FINO
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:SOMIE,600D PEOPLE, liN WHOSE CRRE

CAN LEAVE. 'IOU'"

PLE~5E DDr"-I~T L El~VE

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ME IlND GO f1'wf\'I.

TO THE. M ARJeJET TO '5 fLL TH.E: "NI(:LET~ ,
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BUT' HAVE 'TO 60

!::OV!jLflN flPPR.OIiCI1ED

Ii, t::IND -LOOk:IIVG COUPLe,.

, I .AM MFfDRlAN.

51R" M'i NflM'E re I~OVfilAN .. I' filM 111 5TRlilNG,ER. ",..., ~ TO T 15 crrv, SE.EK. "'{OU R. HELP AN D H06PJITR II T'Y"

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'WELCOME ro ,MR" E MY HU,MBLE HOME mUIR5.

'VOU"tlRE

-:' .. OF WHRT, / KANNI1G'1 '2 THE)" : RRE (3000 PE.OPLE ~ I .... "You" L L BE. 5AFlE " ".'~~.,. WITH TH EM. /'
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THRN K 'fOU, 51R ~ M'i 'WJFE 15 TJRED~

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. I HAVE .50ME

. MARKE.T, ~~R.

500M, KANNA61,.,

II'LL

BE BR,CK

I PlM NfRVOU5" M'I lORD,AND . FRiGHTENIEO. MPi'l 60D BE WITH ·'lOU.
R, CflN '(OU TELL

E WHERE 1CAN D R 6OlD~IITH~·

6() 5TRR~C5H,T FOR TWO MILE5 ..THEN TURN TO THE. R~6HT RND "l'OU ·WILL COME TO THE STREET WHERE THE

GOJLDSM,JlfH5

AND WORK. ..

UVE.

BE6fJN N61N THE TOWi9RD5 H THE MfJN
POINTED.

WHeN HE ICEf}CHED
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THE. 5rREE"F Ol~ TH,E:. GOLD5MITH',S-

" 5~R, ,IDO YOU J<N,OW RlN'YONE WQ,ULD LUCE. TO

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THI5, R"UCLET?THAT

WOULD~HE ~s TrlE QUEE'N'5
6OLD~Mi1'H •

MRNI

r 'WOULD' IlIIIKE, T'O 5fLL THIS RN~LET ..

PlIEA5E.
WAIT HERE.

WHlLE I

VALUE ~T,.

QUEEN~'S ~N~LET TO MY 'W~FEu..;MND RETURN THiS ONE TO TIHE. QUEEN ~ 5AIY~ NG THAT "TH~ 5. 5TRAN',G,ER TR!E'D 1'0 5T'ERL IIT~

I'LL 6~VE THE.

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5~6H'T.

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'~5U5PECT IHrM OF STEALING THE QUEEN'5 ~N~LET. IIflM 60lN6 TO 'THE K.~ N<5s

5.T~R ,5HINE.5 '
roD~"Y~ BUT liVE 5 0lO M~ 50UL TO THE DEVil .. E>O
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M'1' LU etc"'"

WlHAT?'

I BROUGHT BileK THE I1Nr<LET BE(AUSE' rr Wf\~ N,OT SA,F'IE IN M'Y HOU5E~A TH~EF TRII eo 'T'O 5"f'EAl IT BUT . ~;;;;:~I (AUI(3'HT HIM RN,D RETRIEVED rr,

""" f,",vV'ffYR'ND BEHEADE.D" "

eOOD WORK ~LET THE. THU:FE)E TAKEN

Ii LITTLE

Lf!TE:R... ~ , COME,~ 'iOU

RRSCAL.

"'10U HAVE i1N E"1'E
FOR THE: g,E5T" DON'T' ''(OU ?

, 11",5 f\ PIT'f
THRT TH;E,
fELLOW H~5 '

TO D~'e".
WELL~~.

fi INO BLE 'FROE
'W Hl'1 010' HE.

[HE HF\5 SUCH

MRDALAN,'~
GUE.ST?

11'5IN'T HE

DO ItT?

I MU5T 60
.fiND TEUL H~M.

MAN R1J5HED TO MI1DfJLAN'5 HOUSE'''YOUR GUE5.T ~ DE R'D. 5'

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WAS BEHEftDEDmTHE

el5

ORDER5. HE LE THE QUEE:N;S

P()OR ~I1NNR61~ 5H'E HA,S

~LET ..

fA~NTEOro

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· ICIlNNI161 Wl15

R.EVIVED' BY
THe.K:IN·D

M'I H U9BAN OJ A TH~EF~ i9' THE KING MAO?.
1

~F ~ AM A PURE WOMJ~N, M'I HU5B,i9N,D WILL 5PERK
TO ME WHEN

HE S'E.E,5 ME.

fJND HIS

MtJDfJLflN WIPE.,

I7T THE MfiRI<ET PLACE, KfJNN'I161 5fJT DOWN IVEfJR THE BOD~ SHE - 1A5 '!V'ROU6HT

SPEAK' TO

M'1 IL .

R M~RflCLE~

SEVERED HEAD HAs JOINED'
THE BOD"Y!

tooe;

THE

5POKE

KOVflLflN
TO HER.

, ~RNNA6J~WH"i DO 'IOU . LOOK 50 SAD? '10U'LL JOIN ME SOON.

THEN HE O!ED IIV HER IIRM'S ...

'tOUR-

THI& ANKLET WlILL PROVE KOV,~LfiN ".5 INNOCEN'CE.

KJNrC3 ~6 A ,MURJDERER ..

COULD· NIEVE_R
WHAT' ~ NOBLE

'HER HUSBAND

BE A

HIEF.

WOMANI!

ARE THER.E NO WISE MEN OR. PURE WOMEN [1'4 TH'i5, REflLM'? WH'I 'DIDN'T THEY -5,A'VE M,"'/ HU5BAND~' .'

IlT LAST &HE.' R,EfJCHED THE 6ArE.5 OF THE PflLf}CE ..

" 00 f1N!D TELL "Y'OUIR, KING
THAT

,R WOt>iif;N SEIEK5

~U,5TH:E HER HUSB,AND . 115 SEEN F:.ILLED UN,~U5Tl,{.
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~ HlRVE COME.. fROM

THE CHDLA

~lN,6DOM, Ff1.MEO FOR ,IT~ UNERRJN6 JU5T!e.E,TO A

Kl'N6DOM WHERE

TO & UNKNOWN.

JU5TICE SEEMS

. MY IN.NQCENT HU5,BAND TR~ED a SELL AN ANKLET.50MEONE. CALLeD ,H~M f\ THIEf AND "10U, UN~UST
KJNG,BEHEHDED HIM WIT~i'OUT EVEN Pi TRl- AL ~ ~

°

2,

50

"iOU I1RE TtH E TH,I EJ::":5 'W~ E ~ f HE STOLE HI5jiM'( QUEEN'5 GOLD flNKLET WH~CH 1"""IA5 PEA,RL5 II N~~D'IE
II

M'f 60 ANKLET H~

.

DJAMOND'
liN ~IDE. HE. 115 THE 5EC OIF THE. PA

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,

HftV[ i DONE ~ ~"HAVE·

LED AN INNOCENT' ~ B"'i MY

N. I (ANiAiJON E .I~~~;~

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ff C,NA5TE WOMAN THE,RE. liS NO
. fOR

LiIFE. HfTE'R TH'E
DEATH OF HER HU5B~IND;;,

~ WILL fOLLOW' H'IM.

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K~""'lNfJt?Jl "5 I1NGEIC WRS T RPPEflSED ~ 5t/E REACHED
P17LRcE 0f}Tt;S f}N'D_ ~

, ~FI AM THE CHR5TE WI:fI~ 'Of' fI INNOC,E,NT MAN,LIT THII~ ..

r.

CUR5lED CIT')' BURN ASHES IN THE Fl.AME~ OF M'Y

ro ....

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W'IRRTH.

LET THE. OLD

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DIBABLE.D AND THE
CHIl'DRE.N BE 5PRRED.

THE.

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K.OV/}LfiN Wt)15' ONE OF THe PI1NDYI7 KIN6'5 bOLDJE ·6. HE BROU(f;I--ITABOUT THE DERTH OF AN INNOCENT MAN~~.

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WHObE WIFE Cl/R:5ED HIM

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IF ~ 11M THIE PURE: WIFE OF' AN IN N,O'CENT MfU'~, '10 U flN 0 , ~ouR W~FESHALL KNOW THE PR~N THAT i5 N'OW OUR.5 ..

RE LlEA.s1E U 5 FROM THE THROES OF THIS CUR:5E..
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HUSBAN'D.HE wnL'l

HERVEN W'~TH "'fOUR,

'IOU WILL 60 TO

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I Cf}ME DOWN IN

II WIN&D

COME DOWN AND' TflKE. 'to·U.M AD U Rfl~

CHIJRlO7:

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WILL [BE RE.BUILT.

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KfU"-INR6Il1! WE ARE, NOW

FREE Of RLL ERR.THLY P.A'~N5 ~IND PLEASURES, ..

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