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 V.G. Suryanarayana Sastriar
August 17, 2007

V.G. Suryanarayana Sastriar

A commemorative postage stamp on Parithimar Kalaignar (Dravida Sastri), first person to campaign for recognition of Tamil as classical language :

Parithimar KalaignarIssued by India

Issued on Aug 17, 2007

Issued for : The Department of Posts is pleased to issue a commemorative postage stamp on V.G. Suryanarayana Sastriar (Parithimar Kalaignar).

Credits :
Stamp & FDC : Brahm Prakash
Cancellation : Alka Sharma

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.4 million

Printing Process : WetOffset

Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

Name : V. G. Suryanarayana Sastri (Parithimar Kalaignar)

Born on Aug 11, 1870 at Vilacheri, near Thirupparankundram, Madura District, British India

Died on Nov 2, 1903 at Madras, British India

About : 

  • In November 1902 in Chenthamil publication he wrote in the editorial that Tamil is a classical language (Uyar thani chemozhi). He was Editor-in-Chief for Gnanapothini. He wrote many novels, prose, essays, poems such as Roopavathy, Srimaniya Sivanar – history, Chithirakavi Vilakkam, Kalavathy, Pavalar Virunthu, Mathivanan, Tamil Pulavar history and Tamil Viyasankal etc.
  • He died on 2nd November, 1903 but his contribution to the enrichment of Tamil language and literature remains his legacy.
  • Text : Based on material provided by the proponent.
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