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