A commemorative postage stamp on Rao Bahadur T. Umamaheswaranar, a great Tamil scholar :
Issued on Feb 18, 2006
Issued for : The Department of Posts honours the work and life of Tamilavel Umamaheswarar through issue of this commemorative postage stamp.
Stamp & FDC : Brahm Prakash (Based on the photograph provided by the proponent)
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolor
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
Name : Tamilavel Umamaheswarar
Born on May 7, 1883
Died on May 9, 1941
- Tamilavel Umamaheswarar was a great Tamil scholar. He served the society as an eminent lawyer and was known for his unimpeachable honesty and integrity. One of the best representatives of the cultural renaissance in literature, Umamaheswarar was known for his significant contributions to the Tamil language.
- He had a deep commitment for the poor and downtrodden. He opened the boarding schools for all communities. He was also instrumental in reforming the rules and regulation of Thiruvaiyaru Sanskrit College, renamed as Raja’s College, to facilitate academic upliftment of the backward and downtrodden rural masses.
- Tamilavel Umamaheswarar was a proficient orator both in English and Tamil. His Presidential address in 1934 at Tirunelveli conference showed ample testimony to his depth and verve in literature, grammar and phonetics. His hints for coinages and neologisms in increasing vocabulary for science and technology were practical. He started and served as an editor of a literary monthly ‘Tamil Pozhil‘ in the year 1925, which is still in circulation.
- The Government of Madras conferred on him the title of “Rao Bahadur” in 1935.
- Tamilavel Umamaheswarar breathed his last during his journey to Ayodhya on 9th May 1941.
- Text: Material provided by the proponent.