Kambar comes home for Sri Rama Navami When I was a boy I was mesmerised by poet Bharathis songs-not surprising that my native village is just fifteen kms from Ettayapuram,Bharathiyars birth place.Kani nilam vendum,kakai siraginile,Nimirntha nannadaiyum ner konda parvaiyum,katru veliyinele kannama kindled creativity and affinity to the tamil language.Classic tamil was Thirupavvai recited/sung early morning during Margazhi month.Every one singing aaduvome pallu paduvome[Nam Iruvar] immediately after independence spearheaded the renaissance of tamil language. Valluvar and Kambar were quoted extensively bringing out the rich heritage of the Tamil language. Kannadasan was emerging as a lyricist adding to the appreciation of the tamil flavour. Sundarakandam in Kamba Ramayanam shows a path to reach moksha,restore peace and harmony in the domestic front and remove negativity according to belief. Every year my father used to start and complete sundara kandam in forty eight days.Every day after the recital my fathers handsome face acquired a halo which was a delight to watch.I used to sit by his side and listen to the recital enjoying the poetic beauty of the description.. On the eve of Sri Rama Navami I wish to share a few poems/slokas including one on Anjaneyar,the hero of the kandam often quoted by my father. In the process I have recalled the memory of my father and brought Kambar home on the occasion. This article is on poetry and the beauty of Tamil literature. Veyyon oli meniyin viri sodhiyin maraya Peyyo enum idayaludum ilayanudan ponan Myyo,Maragathamo,Mari kadalo, Mazhai mugillo Ayyo Ivan vadivenbadhu ore Azhiya Azhagudaiyan-. sunlight gets suppressed with the halo from Rams body Ram went to the forest with the slim Seetha and his younger brother is he black like kajal,green like Emerald,blue like the sea,dark like black clouds – My God-how do I describe his immortal beauty Ennarum nalathinal inaiyal nindruzhik- Kannodu kanninai kavvi onrai onru- Unnavum nilai peradhu unarvum ondrida— Annalum nokinan avalum nokinal-. Seetha with unimaginable beauty while standing in the balcony Rams and Seethas eyes devourved each other feeling unsteady with racing hearts Annan looked at her and Seetha looked at him. Hanuman played a stellar role in rescuing Seetha.This is what Kamban had to say Anjile ondru pertran anjile ondrai thavi Anjile ondru aaraga Aariyarkaga eghi Anjile ondru pertra anangukandu ayalar ooril Anjile ondrai vaithanavar emmai anaithu kaapan The son of vayu [pancha bootham] crossed the sea.another pancha bootha took the path of the sky,a pancha bootha,located Seeha set fire, another pancha bootha,to the foreign land and saved us The meaning is that Hanuman has control over pancha bootha. Let me end with Kambans prayer; Ulagam uavaiyum thamula vakkalum- Playing games like creation and destruction of world Nilai peruthalum neekalum neengala- we surrender to the ultimate. Alagila vilaiattudaiyar,avar thalaivar Annavarke charn nangale. The beauty of this poem is that Kamban refers to Almighty without referring to any specific god. .