Vaadavooran - The Man
If you are hearing the name Vaadavooran for the first time, it is not a surprise. It is the only other known reference to the great Tamil Saint Maanickavasagar. That Maanickavasagar composed the sacred hymn of Thiruvasagam is well known, but what do we know about the man?
Yes, he was the Chief Minister in the court of King Varaguna Pandian in Madurai. He comes from a place called Vaadavoor, and hence the name, Vadavooran. A scholar and intellectual, well-versed in the 64 art forms, he commanded special respect from everyone, especially the King. If he was just all of these, we wouldn't be talking about the man today. We talk about him for the verses that he sangand wrote.
In those verses - in their beauty, their meaning and in their spirit, we find something beyond the ordinary. The verses of Thiruvasagam evoke a sense in you that transcends the mundane. It possesses a kind of tranquil beauty, over and above the usual poetic charms of meaning, rhyme & rhythm. Bliss is probably the closest appropriate term for the feeling they evoke.
"Thiruvasagathukku urugaar oru
vaasagathukkum urugaar" - they say.
What could possibly have motivated a poet to compose such vibrant verses? Could it be his extraordinary skill with words? Could it be his learning and experiences through life? Or could it be... the touch of God?
Vaadavooran - life
Legend has it that Chief Minister Vaadavooran was handpicked and deputed by King Varaguna Pandian to buy war horses that were brought on a Roman ship to a port near Madurai. Vaadavooran was the right man for the job - an expert in judging the breed and quality of horses. He traveled with a band of soldiers and on the way to the port, he changed his mind and chose to spend the gold to renovate the Shiva temple at Thirupperundhurai.
This play explores the events that surround Vaadavooran's extraordinary transformation that we believe have led to the creation of Thiruvasagam. For a careful reader of Thiruvasagam and as a story teller, the verses offer sufficient clues as to the events surrounding their creation and offer fertile ground for reconstructing possible events that might have led to his magical transformation.
Myth? We are not sure! Legend? All of us know the story is hearsay. History? The evidence is in Thiruvasagam itself. This is a work of not just regular fiction, but inspired fiction - with a strong connect with what we know is true and what can be plausibly constructed with the clues offered by the verses.
References in Puranas
The Thiruvilaiyadal Puranam, Perumpatrappuliyoor Nambi 11th century
The Thiruvilaiyadal Puranam, Paranjoti, 1562
Thirvaadavooradikal puranam, Kadavul maamuniver, early 19th centuary
The Thiruperunthurai puranam, Meenakshi sundaram pillai, later half of 19th century
|St.Maanikkavasagar||His life and Times|
|An extremely great comparative research on the all the puranas and also research on his Time period by "Maraimalaiyadikal"|
|Thiruvasagam Sila Sinthanaigal||By A.SA. Gyana Sambandan|
|Manikkavasakar Saiva Nerikal, Gyanam bakthineri||K.Muruganandam|
|Anbarasu||by Balakumaran (a fiction novel )|
Vadavooran Tamil Promo
Vadavooran English Promo
A few hundred years before this day.
Meet Vadavooran - Chief Minister of the Pandya kingdom. Fearless warrior.Devoted husband.Sincere father. Beloved friend, loved and revered by all. Until, the day he met god.
He chose a life of transgression & ceased to judge. And began an inward journey of no return through pain, torture and suffering beyond imagination.
He went on to discover the ultimate and the ultimate truth to transcend his worldly being. It was the end of everything he knew or believed in. It was him and his faith versus the rest of the world.
VADAVOORAR SURRENDERED TO EXISTENCE AND CEASED TO EXIST.
It was the death of Vadhavoorar...
And the birth of Manickavasagar.
In the death of his perceived self, Thiruvasagam was born.
|J. Venkat Subramanian
|Thandalakaarar||M. C. Sakthivel|
|Tappatam team||Ambedkar and Team(professional tappatam dancers)|
|Aryaan C Paramasivam
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Concept & Direction