International Conference On PURANANURU - Aug 31, Sep 1 & 2, 2013 

International Conference on Purananuru
Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area
August 31, 2013 – September 2, 2013

Purananuru has a unique place in classical Tamil literature. In the absence of a well recorded history of the Tamil people, Purananuru is the source of important historical information about the Tamils and their lifestyle during the Sangam period (300 B.C. – 300 A.D). In order to promote Purananuru and its messages, the Tamil Sangam of Greater Washington and the Federation of Tamil Sangams North America have jointly decided to hold an International Conference on Purananuru during August 31, 2013 – September 2, 2013 (Labor Day Weekend 2013) in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. We cordially invite all Tamil enthusiasts to attend and participate in this memorable conference, first one of its kind in the western world.

Consistent with the objective of the Conference, it has been decided to conduct several competitions to increase the awareness of Purananuru among the Tamil diaspora. The details of the proposed competitions are as follows:

Essay competition (First Prize - $1,000; Second Prize - $500)

Quiz Competition for Students (First Prize – $500.00+; Second Prize – $250.00++)

Rules pertaining to the Quiz competition:

? High School Students in North America are the ones who are eligible to participate in this competition.

? An essay (in English) containing the description about Purananuru and its contents will be sent to the Tamil schools in USA through the American Tamil Academy. Each Tamil school will conduct a quiz competition based on this essay and the final competition will be held at the conference.

? The essay will contain the answers for all the questions that are likely to be asked in the Quiz competition.

? Those who do not belong to a Tamil school can find the essay at and contact the conference organizers via email at for further details.


Quiz Competition for adults (Prizes will be awarded to members of the winning team#)

Music Competition (First Prize – $500.00+; Second Prize – $250.00++)

Drawing Competition (First Prize – $500.00+; Second Prize – $250.00++)

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact the Conference organizers at or visit 

Dr. R. Prabhakaran
Chairman, Steering Committee
International Conference on Purananuru 2013

# Prizes will be announced later
+ $500.00 or an item of equivalent value
++ $250.00 or an item of equivalent value



Pre-Conference Media Coverage:

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