First printed work in Tamil


It is known that the first printed work in Tamil was published in 1578 in South India. «Thambiraan Vanakkam» was a Tamil translation of “Doctrina Christian” from Portuguese by Henrique Henriques «This was the first book to be published in an Indian language”.

However, this article talkes about the earlier printed work in Tamil from 1554.


Due to the lack of or fragmented archives or limited access to archives in Tamil society, it has been challenging to get access to available sources that can support oral history interviews.
In this situation, writing about diaspora Tamil history will be a dynamic process which may change its shape and be updated over time. Thus, we welcome the public to provide feedback with any verifiable sources in the case of need for correction in the factual information in this website.

Reproduction of this article is allowed when used without any alterations to the contents and the source, DsporA Tamil Archive, is mentioned.

Updated: 27.01.2021

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