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Nannūl (Tamil: நன்னூல்) is a work on Tamil grammar written by Pavananthi Munivar around 13th century AD.[1] It is the most significant work on Tamil grammar after Tolkāppiyam.[1] The work credits Western Ganga vassal king Seeya Gangan of Kolar with patronising it.[2][3]

Nannūl was divided into five sections: written language, spoken language, semantics, poetic language and rhetorical devices. The latter three sections have been lost, so only the parts on written and spoken language are extant today.[1]

In Tamil, nūl means book, and Nannūl means good book.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Sadasivan, M. P. (2011-01-13). "Nannūl" (in Malayalam). State Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications. Archived from the original on 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  2. ^ Govindasamy, Muthusamy (1977). A Survey of the Sources for the History of Tamil Literature. Annamalai University. p. 189. OCLC 5334976. ...he was a resident of Janajapuram (of Kancivaram) and [...] was patronised by Seeyangagan of Kolar (Mysore). Since Seeyangagan ruled in 1178–1216 the period of the work is evident. 
  3. ^ "Nannūl". Bulletin of the Institute of Traditional Cultures. University of Madras: 181. January–June 1978. ISSN 0541-7562. OCLC 1714048. One of the Ganga kings, Seeya Gangan, a contemporary of Kulōttunga III got Bhavananti to compose present Tamil standard grammar Nannūl.