Sathavathani Sheikh Thambi Pavalar

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Sheikh Thambi Pavalar (Tamil: செய்கு தம்பி பாவலர்) (1874–1950) was a Tamil poet, scholar and an Indian independence activist. He was born on 31 July 1874 as the third son of Pakeer Meeran sahib and Ameena. He had his earlier education at Edalakudy. He was also a good orator.[1] He learned Arabic language in his early age and was a disciple of Sankaranarayana Pattariar, a Tamil scholar lived in Kottar. He was well versed in ‘Kamba Ramayana’. In the year 1859, he worked as the editor of two Tamil magazines namely ‘Yatharthavadhi’ and ‘Islamic Mithran’ in Chennai. He wrote and published books - Kottatru Pillai Tamil, Alahappa Kovai, Pathirruppaththu Anthathi, Deavalogathu criminal case, Vedantha vivahara criminal case and also wrote commentaries of ‘Seerapuranam’, which contained 5,027 poems.[2]

He is known as Sathavathani, which means, one who has a grasp on hundred different aspects of knowledge at a moment. On 10 March 1907 he performed Sathavathanam Programme, in the presence of scholars like V. Kalyanasundaram (Thiru.Vi.Ka) at Madras Victoria Town hall and got appreciation. He was given the title 'Mahamati Sathavathani' by Thanjai Sathavathani Subramanya Iyer. He died on 13 February 1950.[3]

On 31 December 2008, a commemorative postage stamp on him was released.[4]

His works are nationalized and solatium was given to his legal heirs in 2008.[5]

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  1. ^ FDCforall-Sheikh thambi pavalar
  2. ^ "Read works of Sathavadhani Seigu Thampi Pavalar". The Hindu. Nagercoil, India. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Pavalar-freedom fighter
  4. ^ "Stamps - 2008". Department of Posts, Government of India. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tamil development - Budget speech" (PDF). Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 

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