A commemorative postage stamp on Parithimar Kalaignar (Dravida Sastri), first person to campaign for recognition of Tamil as classical language :
Issued 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).
Stamp & FDC : Brahm Prakash
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 million
Printing Process : Wet–Offset
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
- 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.