Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Ever wondered what are the Aya Kalaigal 64 ?

The Sixty-four Arts

1. Toilet Make-up, toilet and use of beautifying agents
2. Painting the body, and colouring the nails, hair, etc.
3. Decoration of the forehead.
4. Art of hair dressing. Dressing
5. Art of dressing.
6. Proper matching of decorations and jewellery.
Music and Dancing
7. Singing.
8. Playing on musical instruments.
9. Playing on musical glasses filled with water.
10. Acting.
11. Dancing.
General Education
12. Good manners and etiquette.
13. Knowledge of diffenrent langguages and dialects.
14. Knowledge of vocabularies.
15. Knowledge of Rhetoric or Figures of Speech.
16. Reading.
17. Reciting poems.
18. Criticism of poems.
19. Criticism of dramas and analysis of stories.
20. Filling up the missing line of a poem.
Composing poems to order.
22. Reply in verse (when one person recites a poem, another gives the reply in verse).
23. The art of speaking by changing the forms of words.
24. Art of knowing the character of a man from his features.
25. Art of attracting others (bewitching).
Domestic Science

26. Art of cooking.
27. Preparation of different beverages, sweet and acid drinks, chutneys, etc.
28. Sewing and needle work.
29. Making of different beds for different purposes and for different seasons.
Physical culture
30. Physical culture.
31. Skill in youthful sports.
32. Swimming and water-sports. Games
33. Games of dice, chess, etc.
34. Games of chance.
35. Puzzles and their solution.
36. Arithmetical games. Art of Entertaining
37. Magic: art of creating illusions.
38. Trick of hand.
39. Mimicry or imitation (of voice or sounds).
40. Art of disguise. Fine Arts
41. Painting in colours.
42. Stringing flowers into garlands and other ornaments for decorating the body, such as crowns, clapnets, etc.
43. Floral decorations of carriages.
44. Making of artificial flowers.
45. Preparation of ear-rings of shell, ivory, etc.
46. Making birds, flowers, etc., of thread or yarn.
47. Clay-modelling: making figures and images.
48. The art of changing the appearance of things such as
making to appear as silk.
Pet Animals

49. Training parrots and other birds to talk.
50. Training rams and cocks and other birds for mock fight.
Professional Training
51. Gardening and agriculture.
52. Preparation of perfumery.
53. Making furniture from canes and reeds.
54. Wood-engraving.
55. Carpentry.
56. Knowledge of machinery.
57. Construction of building (Architecture).
58. Floor decoration with coloured stones.
59. Knowledge of metals.
60. Knowledge of gems and jewels.
61. Colouring precious stones.
62. Art of war.
63. Knowledge of code words.
64. Signals for conveying messages.

Long list from here


Bala.G said...

Idhellaam neengalae kelapivittadha, illa unmaya?

Ganeshram said...

Illba nan patithatai ungaluku sonnane.

ashok said...

surprising...i cant find Stone Sculpting in the list :O

Ganeshram said...

Nice find ashok,

Iam surprised to see Stone Sculpting Missing.

karthik said...

The tamil list in the link has "Sirpa Saasthram (No 13)"...The tamil list seems to be more realistic..

Ms.Congeniality said...

Wow.. thanks for enlightening me with this information. Ennoda prayer la I always specify "aaya kalaigal arubathinaanginayum". Now I know what those are.

Ganeshram said...


Yes ur rite.But now i doubt about the authenticity of the list too many versions of the same and definitely some of them does't apply today.

Hi ms ur most welcome,
Romba pullaricitingalo?

New list of our age may include

1)Codethal(Java,c , c++,lua endra ella lang code atithal)
2)Officke vanthu veliya pakama blog elutharathu (Ata kadavulay itha enda enaku nerya kututha)
3)Kadalai (My uncharted domain ;-( )
4)Thani attichutu casula Veetukula porathu(No suspisions)

He he dont take the above list too seriously

krk said...

cool....knowledge feeding post...

PRAVEEN said...

Ganesh superda. machi project romba freeya irukka.??!!!

Ganeshram said...

Thakx KRK

Sorry for the delayed response wasw not in town for the past 5 days.

Hi Praveen.
Refer this

Officke vanthu veliya pakama blog elutharathu (Ata kadavulay itha enda enaku nerya kututha)


Gundu Mama said...

There are more than one version of these 64 arts. What you have mentioned is taken from the books available in Sri-Lanka.
But the real 64 art which was given by Sri vatsayanar may not be the same. I heard, some books that have been burnt in srilankan revolution contained it originally.

Good Compilation dude.

Ganeshram said...

Thankx for the comments Vanmpadi.
By the way i read abt the burning of tamil books in srilanka in one sujathas short story "Oru Laksham Kathaigal"

janani said...

dei super findings....but what my question is idula edhallam unakku theriyum?

Gan aka Gane said...

@janani ha ha atha solla intha blogla edam pathathu.

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