Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Legend of Ponnivala, Complete Edition (in print) now available!

A short while ago, we were pleased to announce that Series One of The Legend of Ponnivala had been made available on Amazon Kindle.

Now, by popular request, we have a print edition of the entire Ponnivala legend in two volumes!

Part One contains books 1-13 of our series. This is the story of the first two generations, from Parvati's creation of the nine farmer-brothers of Ponnivala to the return of Queen Tamarai and King Kunnutaiya from their long quest to Lord Shiva's Council Chambers.

Part Two contains Series 2 (books 14-26 of our series). This is the story of the birth of the twin hero-kings Ponnar and Shankar, and their sister Tangal, all of their adventures (and misadventures), and their battle against the giant boar Komban.

Both volumes are now available for purchase through our web store:

Volume One:

Volume Two: 

These beautiful books are in glorious full-colour and expertly bound. We're so excited to bring you this compendium edition, and hope you'll be able to add it to your collection. Plus, they'll make a great Christmas gift for children and grandchildren.

Also note that both volumes, as well as the first series of thirteen individual comics, are available on the and networks as well. Just search "Ponnivala paperback" and see our entire print product line.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support. We're looking forward to sharing more exciting news with you as our freatures develop in bringing this fascinating piece of Tamil heritage to the world.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ponnivala in Chicago

This past weekend, Dr. Beck represented the Ponnivala legend at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago.

Among the highlights for this event were a trip to the museum at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, and of course a screening of The Gates of Heaven (one of our feature film versions of the Ponnivala legend).

Dr. Beck was also pleased to attend the Plenary Address given by Dr. Harvey G. Cox, Jr.. The Harvard University Hollis Research Professor of Divinity gave a fascinating and insightful address on how and why renewal, reform, and transformation movements in religion tend to originate at what the religious mainstream usually thinks of as the "fringe" of its culture, rather than at the centre.