This research project will cover a large area of three centuries from 1706 to 2006 i.e. from the
year the first German Lutheran Missionary Ziegenbalg arrived in Tamilnadu till the tercentenary
commemorative year of 2006. That is, from the times of Ziegenbalg in 1706 till the present times
of German Tamil scholars like Arno Lehmann, Thomas Lehmann, Kapp, Ulrike Niklas, Thomas Malten
etc. A special type of methodology is to be devised with certain defining parameters. This is
about nearly 150 Germans, who came to Tamil Nadu, learnt Tamil language and interacted
considerably with the native Tamil people, during the last 300 years.
Their religious activities are to be left out and only their academic, socio-economic, cultural,
medical and other allied non-religious activities, interactions and contributions can be gleaned
from this proposed project. Bibliographical data from diaries, palmleaves, station registers,
travel accounts, books, journals, souvenirs, commemorative volumes, pamphlets, etc. are to be
consulted, in which information about these Germans and their contributions to various branches
of Tamil Studies can be found out.
The entire project, after successful completion, will be put into an exclusive web portal, thus
enabling any concerned research scholar, from anywhere in the world, to know about the
bibliographical data of any German Tamil scholar of the last 300 years just at a few sittings,
without having to visit inland and overseas repositories, just at a few clicks of the mouse.
This will save much time and money, especially for researchers from developing and
under-developed countries and also help immensely visually impaired research scholars.
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