Sivakumar's Kamba Ramayanam couplets on Moser Baer The epic Ramayan has been rendered in all Indian languages. After Tulsidas' Ramcharit Manas, the most popular and revered version of this epic poem by Valmiki is Kamba Ramayanam, the masterpiece of Tamil poet Kambar, written more than a thousand years ago. Several commentaries and interpretations have been written about it, since it was first written. Its mellifluous verses and remarkable creativity have ensured a place in every Tamil text book and in the hearts of the Tamil speaking people. Veteran actor Sivakumar, who has acted in more than 250 films and carved a niche for himself as one of the finest actors of Tamil film industry, has written a book titled 'Kamban En Kadhalan' (Kamban, My Love) which is doing record sales. He recently participated in a grand event at Tirupur Thindal Vellalar College to give a speech on his writing and the book. The auditorium had more than 5000 participants, which includes several scholars, industrialists, students and academicians from various educational institutions. Sivakumar handpicked 100 couplets from the epic Kamba Ramayanam and recited it in a narrative style for over 2 hours, without a pause or referring to a note and not even taking water during this long session. He narrated the entire Ramayan in this duration through this couplets from Kamba Ramayanam, which astonished the entire audience and brought in widespread applause for the creativity, commitment, perseverance, preparation and understanding of the subject displayed by Sivakumar. No one has ever been able to present Ramayan in such a concise manner with accuracy and authenticity with real life examples. This speech of him at the College was recorded and telecast on a leading Television channel on 14th April 2009. Moser Baer Entertainment felt that such an historical feat needed to be preserved on video so that many more people can enjoy and relish the experience. When Sivakumar was approached, he consented to release the Home Video. The DVDs of this historic event will be soon available in all leading stores under the Moser Baer label. Priced at Rs.99, this is a very little price to pay for such a spiritual experience. The DVDs were officially released by Sivakumar's sons Suriya and Karthi in Chennai recently.

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