Schedule Type Venue
03/2014, 1 week
10/2014, 1 week
01/2015, 2 weeks
02/2015, 2 weeks
10/2015, 3 days
02/2016, 2 weeks
08/2016, 1 week
02/2017, 1 week
04/2017, 1 week
08/2017, 2 week
01/2018, 2 weeks
09/2018, 2 weeks
09/2018: 4 days
02/2019: 2 weeks
Workshop: constitutive meeting, distribution of tasks and material(Photo)
Workshop: approaches to codicology and manuscript lab
Field-trip: mobile manuscript lab
Workshop: the commentary idioms
Workshop: Ways to approach the Tivviyappirabantam
Workshop: Aspects of Multilingualism in South India
Workshop: From Tolkāppiyam to Naṉṉūl
Workshop: Āḻvārs and Divyadeśas — Vaiṣṇava Regional and Vernacular Voices
Workshop: prefaces, colophons, erudite stanzas
Workshop: Glosses — Lexicography — Semantics
Field-trip: mobile manuscript lab
Workshop: Tracing School Formations and Scholarly Networks
Conference: conceptions of ‘commentary’
Workshop: final meeting and résumé


NETamil Workshop
Reading Vedānta Deśikaṉ’s cillaṟai rahasyaṅkaḷ

February 18th-22nd, 2019.


Veṅkaṭanāthaṉ (14th century) is known for being a prolific, versatile and distinguished writer
(among other things), who in his own lifetime bore titles such as kavi-tārkika-siṃham (‘Lion
of poetry and logic’) and sarva-tantra-svatantra (‘Master of all arts’), besides the
distinguished one that has become synonymous with his very name. His corpus comprises
works of different types such as theological treatises, commentaries and poems. And his
knowledge of and mastery over the ubhaya-vedānta philosophy and literature is no less
impressive than his teṉkalai counterparts’ like Piḷḷai Lokācārya and Maṇavāḷa Māmuni, as
demonstrated by his works such as the Dramiḍopaniṣadtātparyaratnāvalī, which deals with
the Tiruvāymoḻi, or the ones that were composed in Maṇipravāḷam, the language par
excellence of the ubhaya-vedāntins. For, other than Sanskrit, Deśikaṉ also used Tamil and
Maṇipravāḷam to compose. As a matter of fact, works in these languages actually make up a
sizeable portion of his extant corpus, without the knowledge of which we cannot fully
comprehend this teacher or his philosophy. This NETamil workshop will focus on his minor
works in these two languages, also referred to as cillaṟai rahasyaṅkaḷ (literally, ‘miscellaneous
esoteric works’), which are equally diverse in nature. Participants can either read a text of
their choice for a session, or simply attend the reading sessions and participate in the general
The workshop will be hosted at the EFEO (Pondicherry), and NETamil will sponsor
accommodation for the participants and daily refreshments and lunch on three days for all
those who attend the workshop.