Nammalvar was a ninth-century mystic poet, a Vishnu devotee, who descended from a long line of Vaishnavas. He is considered the greatest of the alvar poet-saints of the Tamil Srivaisnava tradition.
Archana Venkatesan is associate professor of religious studies and comparative literature at the University of California, Davis. She has received numerous grants, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Institute of Indian Studies and Fulbright. She is the author of The Secret Garland: Antal's Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli and translator of Nammalvar's Tiruviruttam, as A Hundred Measures of Time. You can find her at archana.faculty.ucdavis.edu