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Tamil literatteurs honoured

The Department of Post is going to release commemorative stamps honouring four literatteurs.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 12:41 IST
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The Department of Posts will release commemorative stamps in honour of four Tamil literatteurs on February 18.

The stamps on Devaneya Pavanar, Tamilavel Umamaheswarar, Thirumuruga Kirubananda Variyar and U V Swaminatha Iyer would be released by Union Communication and Information Technology Minister Dayanidhi Maran, a PIB release said here yesterday.

Devaneya Pavanar, born on February 7, 1902, was prominent in the annals of 20th century Tamil literature. He wrote over 35 books, which provided insight into variety of facts and highlighted the significant contributions made by various literary stalwarts.

His masterpieces included Oppiyal Mozhi Nool and Verchol Katturaigal.

The great Tamil scholar, Tamilavel Umamaheshwarar, born on May 7, 1883, was known for his unquestionable honesty and integrity.

He advocated upgradation of Tamil language by incorporating certain elements of other languages and his efforts resulted in the founding of Karanthai Tamil Sangam, which was instrumental in the revival of Tamil as a medium of literary expression.

Thirumuruga Kirubananda Variyar was a legendary thinker, who was born on August 25, 1906. He had special interest in the teaching of Vallalar and founded the journal, Tiruppugashamirtham.

Dr U V Swaminatha Iyer, popularly known as 'Tamizh Thattha,' was born on February 19, 1855. He made outstanding contributions to the enriching of the Tamil language. He published Perunkathai, an epic of considerable literary merit.