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Remarkable Tamil Literates

Beautiful writing that evokes the soul is worth more than the highest amount of money that can ever be doled out. Some of the famed poets and writers of the Tamil language are listed out, and highly recommended here, for their works are truly heart-rending and even more!


Thiruvalluvar is the most celebrated Tamil poet, and his works are so philosophical and imbibe true beauty that they are inculcated in students' curriculum in schools all over Tamil Nadu state. There are even contests held where participants must chant his verses from memory!

Kambar / Kamban

This extremely gifted poet was personally recruited by the then Chola king to be the royal poet, though his roots trace back to humble, low origins. Kamban is what he's called in casual Tamil and his version of the legendary Ramayana is tremendously famous though it is a retelling of the legend in Kamban's version.


Agreat poet and a gifted writer, he is easily recognizable by his unique title of 'Kaviarasu,' meaning he is the king of poets. He has won the National Film Award (of India) for Best Lyrics in 1969. He's almost like a household name even now.




This great poet who passed away in 2013 was awarded the very prestigious award of the Padmashri by the Indian government for his immense contribution to the fields of literature, writing, and the cinema industry. It is notable that he has penned over 15, 000 songs in about five decades!


It might as well be fitting to say that the hot and happening poet now is Vairamuthu. He is also a lyricist, and is truly excellent at what he does. Not only does he pen the most intricate range of lyrics for movie songs, but he also composes poetry that's drop-dead beautiful--right on spot!! He has received three prestigious awards of Kalaimamani, Padmashri and Padmabhushan.

Subramania Bharati

"Subramania Bharati had his early education in Tirunelveli and Benares and worked as a journalist with many newspapers, notable among them being the Swadesamitran and India. Bharati was also an active member of the Indian National Congress."
A live-action based on Bharathiar as he was fondly called, went on to gross wonderful public reception and reviews. Brilliance summed up is Bharathiar.

Perumal Murugan

Madhorubagan became highly controversial, constricted his spirit of being a writer though it found many supporters. "In January 2015, he announced that he is giving up writing after he came under attack for blasphemy from Hindutva and caste outfits for his Tamil novel Madhorubagan which was first published in 2010." Then again, he has written other works, too, that seem to be wonderful reflections of his literacy skills.

"K.S.Thurai (Tamil: கி.செ.துரை) is an Tamil author, journalist, film director and screenwriter, working in the Tamil film industry in Europe. He made his directorial debut with the Tamil film Pookkal in 2004, which along with the Tamil film Ilampuyal (2009), are considered to be two important milestones in European Tamil films. His films have been described as a "middle path" between parallel and commercial cinema, revolving around social themes and relationships."

P. Bharathiraja

"P. Bharathiraja (born 17 July 1941) is a South Indian filmmaker who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. Bharathiraja displayed a story-teller's potential from an early age. He is known for his realistic and sensitive portrayal of village-life in his movies. He has won six National Film Awards, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and is also a recipient of other awards such as Filmfare Awards South, Cinema Express Awards and Nandi Awards."

Kamal Haasan

"Haasan publishes the magazine Mayyam, by the Kamal Haasan Welfare Association (Narpani Iyakkam). His views on cinema, child and drug abuse, and the Kashmir conflict have been published as Thedi Theerpom Va (Come, Let's Solve Together) by his fan club. Haasan is also interested in Tamil literature."