International Thirukkural Conference
International Thirukkural Conference

July 8th at Murugan Temple, click here for direction

July 9th at Howard Community College, click here for direction

July 10th at Columbia Hilton, click here for direction

The only gift is giving to the poor; All else is exchange. kural-221










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About Conference About Tamil Language About Thirukkural About Thiruvalluvar
Thiruvalluvar's words of wisdom Sponsoring Organizations Organizing Committees Keynote Speakers
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About the Conference:


Over the course of the civilized human history, there have been a number of philosophers, saints and social and religious leaders around the world who have pondered over the meaning of life, the nature of truth, the existence of God, the ethical code of conduct, intricacies of human emotions and other intriguing questions. Their answers vary depending upon their religious beliefs, national origin and the time period in which they lived. It is unusual to find one book, written by one person that has explored almost all aspects of life and arrived at conclusions that are universally and eternally valid. Thiruvalluvar lived about 2000 years ago in Tamil Nadu, meaning the land of Tamils, currently one of the states in the southern part of India. Thiruvalluvar was a unique genius who wrote the book called Muppaal, later known as Thirukkural which has been hailed by many as the greatest gift to mankind.

In many respects, Thiruvalluvar is more comprehensive and covers the whole spectrum of human experiences than the well-known philosophers like Buddha, Confucius, Aristotle, Plato, Machiavelli and others. In spite of the remarkable nature of his contribution, Thiruvalluvar is relatively unknown outside his native land. 

The objective of this conference is to create an awareness and understanding of Thiruvalluvar and Thirukkural among the younger generation Indians and people of other cultures in North America. This is also the first time a conference of this nature is being held in North America. It is expected that many Tamil Scholars and Thirukkural researchers will participate in this conference from many countries in the world.


The objectives of this Conference are:

To understand how Thirukkural can be a guide to humanity.

To create and promote awareness of Thirukkural in USA among Americans and the youth of Indian origin.

To compare Thiruvalluvar with other philosophers of the world.




2005 International Thirukkural Conference by Tamil Sangam of Greater Washington, Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America, International Society for Tamil Cultural Studies (Madurai), Mylai Thiruvalluvar Tamil Sangam (Mylapore) and other Tamil organizations & institutions.