Pachaiyappa Mudaliar and the poetics of extreme generosity

This paper explores the ways in which the late 18th-century “dubash” PachaiyappaMudaliar (1754?-1794) has been memorialized as the quintessential benefactor of our times in Tamil poetry of the past century and a half in order to consider the role of the poet in sustaining a culture of gift-giving and philanthropy in our times. 


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