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A commemorative postage stamp on Sage Kavichakravarthi Kambanan Indian Tamil Hindu poet, author of Ramavataram (Kamba Ramayanam), based on Valmiki‘s Ramayana :

Kamban (கம்பர்) : Kamba Ramayanam (கம்ப ராமாயணம்)Issued by India

Issued on Apr 5, 1966

Issued for : The annual Kambar Festival will be celebrated in April 1966. The P & T Department is privileged to issue a commemorative stamp in honour of the illustrious poet on the 5th April 1966.

Type : StampMint Condition

Colour : Olive Green 

Denomination : 0.15

Overall Size : 4.06 X 2.28 cms.

Printing Size : 3.8 X 2 cms.

Perforation : 14½ x 14

Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked paper

Number Printed : 20,00,000

Number per issue Sheet : 50

Printing Process : Photogravure

Designed and Printed at : India Security Press

Name : Kambar

Born on 1180 at Therizhandur, Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India

Died on 1250

About : 

  • Kambar occupies a pre-eminent position in Tamil literature. He is indeed one of the brightest stars in the literary firmament of South India.
  • Very little is known about his life. It is, however, generally agreed that he lived and wrote in the ninth century A.D. in the Chola Kingdom during the period of the Tamil renaissance. It is believed that he was born at Therizhandur, near Mayuram in the Tanjore district of the the present Madras State. He flourished under the patronage of a rich philanthropist and adorned the courts of the Tamil Kingdoms of his time. From an humble beginning he attained undying fame through his poetic genius.
  • Kambar‘s renown rests on his monumental Tamil epic, the Kamba Ramayana. It is essentially the story of Rama retold in Tamil. Though the theme is the same as that of the original work of Valmiki in Sanskrit, it acquires in Kambar‘s hands quite a new artistic beauty and grandeur of denouement. It is indeed a work of gifted and inspired genius, a masterpiece of rare skill, beauty and insight, “……not merely a version but a distinctive creation of personal and national genius.”
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October 19, 2023 12:44 am

[…] languages such as Aadhyatm Ramayana supposedly composed by Vyasa, Kamba Ramayana written by poet Kambar in 12th century in Tamil, Krittivasi Ramayana written by Krittibas Ojha in Bengali etc. But the […]

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