Chennai, May 23 : Fulfilling the poll promise of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today unveiled the Korean translation of the classic "Thirukkural". In 2015, late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had announced in the State Assembly that "Thirukkural" would be translated into Korean language at a cost of Rs 36 lakh.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister presented the first copy of Korean translation to the Kim Hyung Tae, Consul General of the Republic of Korea. Expressing his happiness over the historic work Tae said,“ I am very honoured to receive the Thirukkural's first print in Korean language, the Korean people would relish the invaluable book of wisdom”.
The Consul General also thanked Tamil Nadu government for the great initiative. On this occasion Several Ministers and government officials including Finance Minister D Jayakumar, Information Minister Kadambur Raju and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan were also present.
The Thirukkural is a classic Tamil sangam literature consisting of 1330 couplets or kurals, dealing with the everyday virtues of an individual. Considered one of the greatest works ever written on ethics and morality, it is also known for its universality and non-denominational nature. It was authored by Valluvar, also known in full as Thiruvalluvar.
“Thirukkural” has been translated into more than 30 languages. English was the first language to which “Thirukkural” was translated. The last addition was Gujarati, which was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, two years ago.