List of Tamil people

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This is a list of notable Tamils.


Kings and rulers[edit]

Tamil dynasties[edit]

acakravarti Dynasty

Other royal families[edit]


Indian presidents[edit]

  • C. Rajagopalachari (1878–1972), former Governor-General of India, 1948–1950
  • Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888–1975), prominent philosopher and writer; received the Bharat Ratna award in 1954 before becoming the President; first President from South India
  • R. Venkataraman (1910–2009), former President of India, 1987–1992; formerly the Vice President of India
  • A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931–2015), former President of India; Bharat Ratna awardee; "Missile Man of India"

Other countries' presidents[edit]

International positions[edit]

  • Radhika Coomaraswamy (1953–), Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict
  • James Appathurai (1968–), spokesperson for NATO
  • Roy Padayachie (1950–2012), Minister of Public Service and Administration of the Republic of South Africa; also served in the economics desk of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and as deputy head of local government portfolio; consultant to UNICEF, UNESCO and the World Bank[1]

Independence movement[edit]

Indian independence movement[edit]

Independence movements in other countries[edit]

Contributions to Tamil people[edit]

Governors of states[edit]

  • C. Rangarajan (1932–), Governor of Andhra Pradesh (1997–2003)
  • T.V. Rajeswar (1926–), IPS Officer, Governor of Sikkim (1985–1989), West Bengal (1989–1990) and Uttar Pradesh (2004–2009)
  • E.S.L. Narasimhan (1945–), IPS officer, Governor of Chhattisgarh (2007–2010), Andhra Pradesh (2007–incumbent) and Telangana (2014–incumbent)
  • P. Sathasivam (1949–), Chief Justice of India (2013–2014), Governor of Kerala (2014–)

Chief Ministers[edit]

Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu[edit]

Chief Ministers of Pondicherry[edit]

Central Ministers[edit]

  • R.K. Shanmukham Chetty (1892–1953), former Finance Minister of independent India
  • Jana Krishnamurthi (1928–2007), former Union Law Minister
  • K. Santhanam (1895–1980), former Railway Minister of independent India
  • Satyavani Muthu (1923–1999), former Union Cabinet Minister
  • Vazhappady K. Ramamurthy (1940–2002), former Union Cabinet Minister of Petroleum
  • M. Arunachalam (1944–2004), former union Cabinet Minister of Labour
  • P. Chidambaram (1945–), former Finance Minister of India
  • A. Raja (1963–), former Communications and Information Technology Minister of India
  • Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan (1947–), former Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment of India
  • K. Venkatapathy (1947–), former Minister of State for Law and Justice of India
  • S. Regupathy (1950–), former Minister of State for Forests and Environment
  • Gingee N. Ramachandran (1944–), former Union Minister of State, Finance
  • M.K. Azhagiri (1951–), former Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • S. S. Palanimanickam (1950–), former Minister of State for Finance of India
  • S. Jagathrakshakan (1950–), former Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry
  • T. R. Baalu (1941–), former Minister of Shipping and Road Transport and Highways
  • Mani Shankar Aiyar (1941–), former Union Cabinet Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas
  • Subramanian Swamy (1939–), former Cabinet Minister of Commerce and Law
  • R. Velu (1940–), former Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways
  • V. Radhika Selvi (1976–), former Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs
  • V. Narayanasamy (1947–), former Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
  • Nirmala Sitharaman (1959–), present Minister of State for Ministry of Commerce & Industry
  • Anbumani Ramadoss (1968–), former Minister of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India
  • Pon Radhakrishnan (1952–), present Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping

Political leaders in other countries[edit]

Political families[edit]

Tamil Nadu[edit]

P.T. Rajan family[edit]

  • P.T. Rajan (1892–1974), former Chief Minister of Madras Presidency

P. Subbarayan family[edit]

C.P. Ramaswami Iyer family[edit]

M. Bhaktavatsalam family[edit]

  • M. Bhaktavatsalam (1897–1987), Chief Minister of Madras state (1962–1967)
      • Jayanthi Natarajan (1954–), former Minister of State for Environment and Forests, daughter of Rukmini, granddaughter of M. Bhaktavatsalam

Rajaji family[edit]

  • C. Rajagopalachari alias Rajaji (1878–1972), Chief Minister of Madras Presidency (1937–1940)

E.V.K. Sampath family[edit]

Kumari Ananthan family[edit]

G.K. Moopanar family[edit]

M. Karunanidhi family[edit]

  • M. Karunanidhi (1924–), leader of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
    • M.K. Alagiri (1951–), former Central Minister, son of Karunanidhi
    • M.K. Stalin (1953–), former Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, son of Karunanidhi
    • Kanimozhi (1968–), former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), daughter of Karunanidhi
    • Murasoli Maran (1934–2003), former Central Minister, nephew of Karunanidhi
    • Dayanidhi Maran (1966–), former Central Minister, grand-nephew of Karunanidhi

Dr. S. Ramadoss family[edit]

Sri Lanka[edit]

Arumugampillai Coomaraswamy family[edit]

Arunachalam Ponnambalam family[edit]

S. Pararajasingam family[edit]

V.P. Ganeshan family[edit]

  • V.P. Ganeshan, founder of the Democratic Workers' Congress, film producer and actor
    • Mano Ganesan (1959–), Member of Parliament, Provincial Councillor, son of V.P. Ganeshan
    • Praba Ganesan (1964–), Member of Parliament, Provincial Councillor, son of V.P. Ganeshan

Savumiamoorthy Thondaiman family[edit]

G.G. Ponnambalam family[edit]

Arumugam Canagaratnam family[edit]

Military leaders[edit]



Air Force[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Bharat Ratna[edit]

The Bharat Ratna is India's highest civilian honour.

Padma Vibhushan[edit]

The Padma Vibhushan is India's second highest civilian honour.

Padma Bhushan[edit]

The Padma Bhushan is India's third highest civilian honour.

Padma Shri[edit]

The Padma Shri is India's fourth highest civilian honour.

Oscar awards[edit]

Nobel Prize winners[edit]

Ramon Magsaysay Award[edit]

The Ramon Magsaysay Award was established in 1957 in memory of Ramon Magsaysay, the late president of the Philippines. It is often considered to be Asia's Nobel Prize.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award[edit]

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in cinema, given annually by the Government of India for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. It was instituted in 1969, the birth centenary year of Dadasaheb Phalke, considered as the father of Indian cinema.

Param Vir Chakra[edit]

The Param Vir Chakra is India's highest military honor.

Sahitya Akademi Award[edit]

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award[edit]

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is India's highest sporting honour.

Jnanpith Award[edit]

Sangeet Natak Akademi Award[edit]

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship[edit]

Guinness World Records[edit]

Arjuna Award[edit]

The Arjuna Award was instituted in 1961 by the Government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in national sports.

Social workers[edit]

Business and administration[edit]

Tamil billionaires[edit]

Tamil executives and business people[edit]




Journalists and broadcasters[edit]


  • Mylswamy Annadurai, scientist with the Indian Space Research Organization; Director of ISRO Satellite Centre
  • Shiva Ayyadurai, as a high school student in 1979, he developed an electronic version of an interoffice mail system, which he called "EMAIL" and copyrighted in 1982

Social anthropologists[edit]




Computer science[edit]

Finance and economics[edit]




Engineering (scientists)[edit]



Tamil music[edit]

Carnatic music[edit]

Film music[edit]

Western music[edit]




Actors and actresses[edit]

Music composers[edit]

See: Film music

In Hollywood[edit]

Other entertainers[edit]

Sports and games[edit]




  • A. Palanisamy, first Arjuna Award winner for volleyball (1961)
  • G.E. Sridharan, Arjuna Award winner
  • Kumaran, played for Indian team and currently playing for IOB, Chennai
  • Sivabalan, played for India and currently playing for IOB, Chennai




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Other countries[edit]



Mountain climbing[edit]





Religion and spirituality[edit]

Tamil literature[edit]

Classical literature[edit]

Spiritual literature[edit]





Modern literature[edit]


Other countries[edit]


Modern art[edit]

See also[edit]


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