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Re: AzhwAr's life histories and works

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani)
Date: Wed Dec 27 1995 - 11:57:09 PST

The life histories of the Azhvaars have been published
in English twice as far as I know.

Author:        Varadachari, K. C.
Title:         Alvars of South India [by] K. C. Varadachari. [1st ed.] Bombay,
                 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1966.
Description:   xix, 200 p. 19 cm.

Series:        Bhavan's book university, 143.

Author:        Govindacharya, Alkandavilli.
Title:         The holy lives of the Azhvars, or, The Dravida saints / by
                 Alkondavilli Govindacharya. Bombay : Ananthacharya Indological
                 Research Institute, 1982.
Description:   lxxvii, 226 p., [1] fold. leaf of plates ; 19 cm.

Series:        Ananthacharya Indological Research Institute series ; no. 13.

Notes:         Includes passages in Sanskrit.
               Reprint. Originally published : Mysore : G.T.A. Pres, 1902.
               Includes bibliographical references.

The first may be available at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in India.
The second is available in Triplicane, at Sri Ramanuja Vedanta Centre,
10 South Mada Street (right next to Parthasarathy Swami Kovil).

The one by Sri Govindacharya is more detailed; the one by
Sri Varadachari has more translations of paasurams.