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Born Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Poet, lyricist, writer, journalist
Period 1999s–present

Thamarai (Tamil: தாமரை) is a Tamil poet, lyricist, writer and former journalist. She is best known for writing lyrics for Tamil films only in Tamil language, often even in chaste Tamil.


Thamarai graduated in EEE From PSG College of technology and worked for six years in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, where she hails from, before she, due to her passion for poetry, decided to move to Chennai, where she worked as a freelance journalist and wrote essays, stories and poems. Through her literary works, she became popular and got noticed, she happened to enter the Tamil film industry and got the opportunity to write lyrics for film songs. Director Seeman assigned her as a lyricist for the song "Thendral Enthan" for his Tamil film Iniyavale.[1] Subsequently, she became famous by writing lyrics for films like Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen ("Malligai Poove"), Thenali ("Injirango Injirango"), where she even worked together with music director Harris Jayaraj in Minnale and the song ("Vaseegara"), which is said to be the turning point and the peak in her career.

After Minnale, the trio, composed of director Gautham Menon and music director Harris Jayaraj teamed up several times again (Kaakha Kaakha, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, Pachaikili Muthucharam & Vaaranam Aayiram) and emerged as one the of the successful collaborations 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. Apart from Rahman, Jayaraj and Menon, Thamarai also worked together with other popular and noted film personalities, including music directors Yuvan Shankar Raja (Nandha, Pudhukottayilirundhu Saravanan, Bose, Perazhagan, Kanda Naal Mudhal & Kannamoochi Yenada), James Vasanthan (Subramaniyapuram & Pasanga) and directors Bala, A. R. Murugadoss, V. Priya and Sasikumar. Her latest release is " Neeraambal Poovae" from the movie Nannbenda were she again works for Harris Jayaraj.The song is sung by Arjun Menon.


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


  1. ^ "Kavignar Thaamarai". Retrieved 7 April 2009. 

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