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Kār Nāṟpatu

Kar Narpathu(Tamil: கார் நாற்பது) is a Tamil poetic work belonging to the Pathinenkilkanakku anthology of Tamil literature. This belongs to the 'post Sangam period' corresponding to between 100 – 500 CE. Kar Narpathu contains forty poems written by the poet Kannankoothanaar who lived in Madurai.

The poems of Kar Narpathu deal with the agam (internal) subjects. Agam in the Sangam literature denotes the subject matters that deal with the intangibles of life such as human emotions, love, separation, lovers' quarrels, etc. Most of the poems of Kar Narpathu are in the form of the heroine being consoled by her friend by describing the beauties of the rainy season (the Tamil word Kar means rain).


  • Mudaliyar, Singaravelu A., Apithana Cintamani, An encyclopaedia of Tamil Literature, (1931) - Reprinted by Asian Educational Services, New Delhi (1983)
  • Kar Narpathu eText at Project madurai

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