Kavimani Desigavinayagam Pillai

Kavimani Desigavinayagam Pillai (Tamil: கவிமணி தேசிகவிநாயகம் பிள்ளை; 27 July 1876 – 26 September 1954) was a Tamil poet. He was born in the southern district of Tamil Nadu in Kanniyakumari district in a village called Theroor. since the place was part of Travancore, he learnt Malayalam at School. He learnt Tamil in later years.[1] The reference of his name is used in the name plate of the village. Asiya Jothi, Nanjil Nattu Marumakkal Vazhi Manmiyam, and the translation of the work of Omar Khayyam are his masterpieces. He is known for his poetry.[2] In 1940 the Tamil Sangam at its 7th annual conference held at Madras (now Chennai) honoured Desigavinayagam Pillai with the title "Kavimani". On 21 October 2005, he was commemorated on an Indian postage stamp.[3] His great-granddaughter is MLA Vijayadharani of the INC.

Kavimani Desigavinayagam Pillai
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Kavimani Desiga Vinayagam Pillai in 1940s
Born(1876-07-27)27 July 1876
Theroor, Kanyakumari district, Tamilnadu
Died26 September 1954(1954-09-26) (aged 78)
Known forPoet
Parent(s)Shivathaanu Pillai, Aathilakshmi
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Kavimani Desigavinayagam Pillai on a 2005 stamp of India


  1. ^ கவிமணி தேசிய விநாயகம் பிள்ளை (1876 - 1954) (Kavimani Desika VinAyakam Pillai). tamil.koodal.com (6 December 2003).
  2. ^ "Orientation programme on translation". The Hindu. Tamil Nadu, India. 19 January 2011. Archived from the original on 29 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Stamps 2005". Postal department, Indian Government. Retrieved 15 February 2012.

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