Namakkal Kavignar

A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Namakkal V. Ramalingam :

1214 Namakkal Kavignar [India Stamp 1989]Issued by India

Issued on Oct 19, 1989

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Colour : Single colour

Denomination : 60 Paise

Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Indigenous un W/M P.G. Coated gummed stamp paper

Number Printed : 10,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printed : India Security Press

Name : Namakkal Venkatarama Ramalingam Pillai

Born on Oct 19, 1888 at Mohanur, Namakkal district, Madras Presidency, British India [now in Tamil Nadu, India]

Died on Aug 24, 1972

About : 

  • In 1932, he was jailed for one year for his participation in the Salt Satyagraha.
  • Ramalingam also wrote novels, the more prominent of which, titled Malaikallan was filmed in five languages and won the President’s medal in 1954. His commentary on Thirukkural is regarded as his magnum opus. He composed more than 500 poems of which a vast majority reflected the ideal of Gandhi – Ahimsa, Satya, Satyagraha, rural industries, removal of untouchability and the equality of the sexes. For his literary contributions, Madras Government nominated him as Poet Laureate or ‘Asthana Kavignar’ in 1949. In 1953, he was nominated to the Sahitya Akademi. In 1956 and 1962, Namakkal Kavignar was nominated as MLC by the Madras Government. The Government of India awarded him the “Padmabhushan” in 1971.
  • Towards the fag end of his life, he was almost crippled by an attack of rheumatism. He died of a heart attack on 24th August, 1972.

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