A commemorative postage stamp on Sathavathani Sheikh Thambi Pavalar, a Tamil poet and scholar :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 31, 2008
Issued for : The Department of Posts is proud to release a commemorative postage stamp on Sheik Thambi Pavalar.
Stamp : India Security Press, Nasik
FDC & Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Sheikh Thambi Pavalar
Born on Jul 31, 1874 at Edalakudy, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India
Died on Feb 13, 1950
- In one of the public meetings presided by Itta Parthasarathy Naidu he was conferred the title of ‘Pavalar‘ at the age of twenty-seven.
- Sheik Thambi Pavalar gained widespread popularity after his manifestation of ‘Arupta’ of Ramalinga Adigalar as ‘Arupta’. He performed ‘Sodasavadanam’ on one Friday in 1906 in front of the Arippu Street Juma Masjid. At the end of the function Sadavadanam Subramonia Iyer conferred the title of ‘Mahamadi‘ (intellectual giant) and the president of the function conferred the title of ‘Sadavadani‘ on him.
- Several other titles, like Devamirtha Prasanka Kalanchiya, Tamil Perunkadal, Kalai Kadal, Allama etc., were conferred on him.
- In 1907, he married Mohamed Fathima Beevi at Kottar. He was included in the Tamil Sangam, Madurai established by Pandithurai Thevar. While he was living at Kottar, people benefited from his scholarly attributes. He was also associated with Indian National Congress in the year 1920. He was a strong supporter of Khadi.
- He died on February 13, 1950.
- Text : Based on material provided by the proponent.