John Ralston Marr
Born5 July 1927
United Kingdom
Died19 May 2022
United Kingdom
OccupationWriter
Indologist
Known forTamil Studies
AwardsPadma Shri
Kural Peedam Award

John Ralston Marr was a British Indologist, writer and a former member of faculty at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.[1] He is known as a scholar of Carnatic music and Tamil literature[2] and is the author of several publications[3] including An introduction to colloquial Tamil,[4] The Pĕriya purāṇam frieze at Tārācuram : episodes in the lives of the Tamil Śaiva saints,[5] The eight Tamil anthologies, with special reference to Pur̲anān̲ūr̲u and Patir̲r̲uppattu[6] and Letterature dravidiche, the last one in Italian language.[7] His book, An introduction to Colloquial Tamil. is a prescribed text for post graduate studies in Tamil language at the School of Oriental and African Languages[8] and he presented a paper at the Fourth International Conference Seminar of Tamil Studies at Jaffna, in 1974.[9] He is a founder trustee of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK[10] and a recipient of the 2011 Kural Peedam Award of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil, an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.[11] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2009, for his contributions to Education.[12]

References

  1. ^ David Shulman (2009). Spring, Heat, Rains: A South Indian Diary. University of Chicago Press. pp. Preface (p.254). ISBN 9780226755786.
  2. ^ "Padma Shree Dr John Marr (part 1 of 5)". YouTube video. Life is Glorious. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Marr on WorldCat". WorldCat. 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  4. ^ John Ralston Marr; P Kothandaraman; Arumugam Kandiah (1979). An introduction to colloquial Tamil. School of Oriental and African Studies. p. 130. OCLC 416445131.
  5. ^ John Ralston Marr (1979). The Pĕriya purāṇam frieze at Tārācuram : episodes in the lives of the Tamil Śaiva saints. School of Oriental and African Studies. p. 289. OCLC 498713718.
  6. ^ John Ralston Marr (1985). The eight Tamil anthologies, with special reference to Pur̲anān̲ūr̲u and Patir̲r̲uppattu. Institute of Asian Studies. p. 550. OCLC 13270225.
  7. ^ John Ralston Marr (1969). Letterature dravidiche. Società Editrice Libraria. pp. 559–626. OCLC 500157803.
  8. ^ "Tamil Language 1 (PG)". School of Oriental and African Languages. 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Details of the Research Papers". Sangam. 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Description". Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Presidential awards for classical Tamil presented". The Hindu. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.

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