That the foundations of Indian culture were deeply embedded inDravidian culture is now an incontrovertible fact. Dravidian culture isone of the most ancient cultures of the world. Those cultures, slightlycontemporanceous to one another, slowly started fading out. However,the primordial Dravidian culture continues to thrive without losing itsquintessence despite the apparent changes in systems of dress andaddress.
Dravidian University was established in 1997 to mirror the realand rich picture of Dravidian culture not only in its linguistic, literary,cultural and Philosophical facets but in science and technological anglesalso.
The main objectives of Dravidian University are to augment thecommon wheel and social well being of the communities of marginallanguages and to build bridges among the Southern states. While work-ing on each language separately in varied areas, it aims at a synthesisand a discovery of the common heritage through Comparative Studies.
Pras 1r4 nga(publications wing) and AnusAjana (TranslationBureau) are the two most significant wings of the University from outof its several on going progressive activities.
The spirit of integration is the guiding force behind the creation ofthe University. The linguistic and cultural integration, not only at theregional but also at the out side India is the cherished objective of theUniversity.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh started Dravidian University,with the co-operation of the sister - states, to reach and reflect on theinherent oneness of the cultures of Dravidian family of the four stateswhose languages numbering up to 27. Its endeavour is to promoteunity and amity in the family of several Dravidian languages.
The aim is to present to the readers a glimpse into the trends thathave been emerging in the perspectives of Dravidian Culture in recenttimes. In this effort, we have brought serious research scholars,professors on to one platform to present their findings on such trends inthis field.
The anthology gains special significance with the Lumurian theoryrelated to Kumarikkantam, which is considered as the hub of theDravidian life and culture, the linguistic connections of Dravidians spreadas far as Baluchistan in central Asia, the beginning of historical writingon Kerala well before that of Kalhana on Kashmir, the scintillatinganalyses of the recent works on Dravidian Culture in India. I have afond hope that this will serve as a source for future researcher onDravidian History.