Thamarai (born 10 November 1965) is an Indian poet and lyricist who writes in Tamil. She is a prominent figure in the Tamil literary world and has worked in Tamil cinema.[1]

Born (1965-11-10) 10 November 1965 (age 58)
Alma materGovernment College of Technology, Coimbatore
Occupation(s)Lyricist, poet, journalist
Years active1997–present
SpouseThozhar Thiyagu
AwardsSee list

She made her debut in the Tamil film industry through the 1998 film Iniyavale, which was directed by Seeman and had music composed by Deva.

Life and career


Thamarai was born in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on 10 November 1965. She graduated from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, in production engineering and worked for six years in Coimbatore. With her passion for poetry, she decided to move to Chennai, where she worked as a freelance journalist in an organization named Bhagya and wrote essays, stories and poems.[2] Through her literary works, she became popular and got noticed. Director Seeman assigned her as lyricist for the song "Thendral Enthan" for his Tamil film Iniyavale.[3] Subsequently, she wrote lyrics for films such as Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen ("Malligai Poove") and Thenali ("Injirango Injirango"). Her work together with music director Harris Jayaraj in Minnale marked the turning point in her film industry career, primarily noted for her song "Vaseegara" in the movie.[citation needed]

After Minnale, the trio, composed of director Gautham Vasudev Menon and music director Harris Jayaraj, teamed up several times again (Kaakha Kaakha, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, Pachaikili Muthucharam and Vaaranam Aayiram) and were a very successful collaboration in the film field, until the break-up between Menon and Jayaraj happened. Since then, she is teaming up with A. R. Rahman, who replaced Jayaraj. Menon, Jayaraj and Thamarai teamed up again in July 2014 for the Ajith Kumar film Yennai Arindhaal. The film's album was released on 1 January 2015, and it was well-received by critics.[4][5] She wrote" Neeraambal Poovae" from the movie Nannbenda, where she again worked for Harris Jayaraj. The song is sung by Arjun Menon.[citation needed]

Personal life


Thamarai is married to Thozhar Thiyagu. They have a son. Thamarai is a vegan and an advocate of animal rights.[6]




Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
Vijay Awards
Other awards and recognition

See also



  1. ^ "Kollywood Lyricist Thamarai Biography, News, Photos, Videos". nettv4u. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  2. ^ "ഭർത്താവിന്റെ പാർട്ടി ഓഫീസിന് മുന്നിൽ നിരാഹാര സമരവുമായി തമിഴ് ഗാനരചയിതാവ് താമരൈ; വീട്ട..."
  3. ^ "Kavignar Thaamarai". Retrieved 7 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Behindwoods - Yennai Arindhaal Music Review".
  5. ^ K, Siddharth (1 January 2015). "'Yennai Arindhaal' audio review". Sify. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Nanmai Payakkum Nanisaivam [Veganism results in good]". Kumudam Reporter (in Tamil). 18 (67). Chennai: Kumudam Publications: 16–17. 23 November 2018.