Parithimar Kalaignar (born V. G. Suryanarayana Sastri, born August 11, 1870 - d. November 2, 1903), a Professor of Tamil at the Madras Christian College was the first person to campaign for the recognition of Tamil as a classical language.
Suryanarayana Sastri was born at Tirupparankunram in a Brahmin family. He graduated in Tamil and was soon employed as a Professor of Tamil in the Madras Christian College. In 1895, Suryanarayana Sastri rose to become the Head of Department for Tamil at the Madras Christian College. He was one of the early pure Tamil activists. He changed his name Suryanarayana Sastri to its pure Tamil form ParithiMaal Kalaignyar (Surya - Parithi (sun), Narayanan - Maal (God Vishnu), Sastri - Kalaignyar (artist or scholar))
Campaign for recognition of Tamil as classical language
When the Madras University proposed to exclude Tamil from its syllabus, Parithimar Kalaignar vehemently protested against the proposal forcing the authorities to drop the move. In 1902, he proposed that Tamil be designated as a "classical language" thereby becoming the first person to make such a petition. Parithimar Kalignar is also known as Dravida Sastri.
In 2006, the Government of Tamil Nadu declared Parithimar Kalaignar's house in his native village of Vilacheri as a memorial and sanctioned a sum of rupees 15 lakh towards nationalizing his books.
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