Naa Govindasamy

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Naa Govindasamy (18 April 1946 – 26 May 1999) was one of the pioneers of the Tamil on the Internet.

Naa Govindasamy was a lecturer at the National Institute of Education,[1] who worked to develop the Singapore 16 bit Unicode system which uses Tamilnet and Tamilfix fonts and enables a user to input Tamil in all three computer platforms - Windows, Mac and Unix. These fonts enable a user to read emails and web pages in Tamil on a terminal with only a shell account.

Amongst his other achievements, Govindasamy contributed to the development of Tamil literature in Singapore. He made significant contributions, specifically the creation of several plays, dramas and short stories for radio and television. Among the plays, two proved to be very popular, namely Anbukku Apaal and Alaigal Oyvathillai. He also published a collection of short stories entitled Thedi, for which he received the National Book Development Council’s award in 1992.[2] In 1977 in Singapore, he initiated the Ilakkiya Kalam (Literary Critics' Circle) which gathered and analysed the best stories of the period and subsequently a collection of the best short stories of 1977 was published in 1981. He also published a novelette, Velvi. In 1994, he was awarded the S.E.A. Write Award.

His untimely demise in 1999 is considered a huge loss to the Tamil society in Singapore and around the world.


  1. ^ "Naa Govindasamy". National Library Board. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Na Govindasamy நா. கோவிந்தசாமி". National Library Board of Singapore. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 

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