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Native name வைரமுத்து
Born Vairamuthu Ramasamy
(1954-07-13) 13 July 1954 (age 64)
Vadugapatti, Theni, Tamil Nadu
Pen name
Occupation Poet, lyricist
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai
Notable works
  • Kallikaattu Ithihaasam
  • Karuvaachi Kaaviyam
  • Moondram Ulagapor
Spouse Ponmani Vairamuthu
Children Madhan Karky
Kabilan Vairamuthu

Vairamuthu Ramasamy (born 13 July 1954) is a Tamil poet, lyricist and author. He is a recipient of various awards including the Padma Bhushan,[1] Padma Shri, and Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel 'Kallikattu Ithikasam' as well as being a seven-time winner of the National Film Awards.

Early life and education[edit]

Vairamuthu(Vairamuthu Ramasamy Thevar) was born in 1954 in Mettoor (then Madurai District , now Theni District) , a town submerged in Vaigai River. He was raised in Vadugapatti village in Theni district, Tamil Nadu. He completed his graduation and post-graduation from Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Entry into Literary arena[edit]

While working at the Tamil Nadu Official Language Commission, he wrote his first anthology of poems. He entered the film industry as a lyricist in 1980 through Maestro Illayaraja who brought him through film director P. Bharathirajain his film Nizhalgal. Vairamuthu has written over 7,500 film lyrics till date.[2]

He has also penned over 37 books in four decades, commencing in the year 1972 with Vaikarai Megangal (Clouds at Dawn) to Vairamuthu Sirukathaigal (The Short Stories of Vairamuthu) in 2015.

Notable works[edit]

Notable works include Kallikkattu Ithikasam, Karuvachi Kaaviym, Moondram Ulagapor and many others numbering to 37. He has also introduced some foreign poets and their works to Tamil in his Ella Nadhiyilum En Odum. Some of his works are translated into Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. The trend continues as hundreds of his film lyrics are translated into Hindi.

Kallikkattu Ithikasam (The Saga of the Drylands)

Kallikkattu Ithikasam depicts the story of people of a village who have turned refugees in independent India. In the 1950s, when Vaigai dam was constructed in Madurai District, 14 villages were vacated for creating the water catchment area. This novel narrates the tearful story of those refugees who lost their land under the water. The author is a child who was born to one such family and had lived through misery in his childhood. The story portrays the tears, blood and pain of the villagers whose families were crushed as a result of modernization. The soul of the novel echoes the truth behind the values of agrarian India and the virtues of farmers which is eternal.

Karuvachi Kaaviym: (The Epic of Karuvachi)

Karuvachi Kaviyam revolves around a vulnerable Indian village woman who has been enslaved by the illiterate male chauvinistic community.

Poems of Vairamuthu

The core of Vairamuthu's poetry portrays his pleading to the human to appreciate nature, pointing to the incredible truth that fire is fire as long as it burns, Earth is Earth as long as it spins and Man is man as long as he struggles.

Moondram Ulagapor (3rd World War)

The struggle of the Indian agrarian community due to globalization, liberalisation and global warming is depicted in this novel in the farmer's dialectical language. This novel is a prophecy on the suicides of farmers five years before it had happened. The author was heartbroken when the poverty-stricken farmers who were unable to feed their families due to failure of monsoon, severe drought conditions, debt and despair, committed suicide.

Other languages[edit]

An anthology of his poems was translated in English, titled A drop in search of the ocean and in Hindi, titled Bindhu Sindhu Ki Our,[3] in 2003.

Besides his poems, many other works of his have also been translated into several languages, such as English, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Russian, and Norwegian.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Vairamuthu has been awarded the National Film Award for Best Lyrics seven times. He is also a six-time recipient of the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

Civilian Honours
Year Award Award type Category
2003 Padma Shri India's fourth highest civilian honour For Distinguished Services in Literature and Education
2014 Padma Bhushan India's third highest civilian honour For Distinguished Services in Literature and Education
National Film Award
Year Film(s) Work Notes
1986 Mudhal Mariyathai All Songs
1993 Roja "Chinna Chinna Aasai"
1995 Karuththamma, Pavithra "Poralae Ponnuthayi" (Film: Karuthamma), "Uyirum Neeye" (Film: Pavithra)
2000 Sangamam "Mudhal Murai Killipparthaein"
2003 Kannathil Muthamittal All songs
2011 Thenmerku Paruvakaatru "Kallikkaattil Perandha Thaayae"
2017 Dharma Durai "Entha Pakkam"
State level awards
Year Award Work Film(s) Notes
1981 Tamil Nadu State Film Award "Vizhiyil Vizhundu", "Kadhal Oviyam" Alaigal Oivathillai
1990 Kalaimamani  –  – Awarded by the Government of Tamil Nadu
1995 Tamil Nadu State Film Award "Poralae Ponnuthayi" Karuththamma
1996 Tamil Nadu State Film Award "Oruvan Oruvan", "Kannaalanae" Muthu, Bombay
2000 Tamil Nadu State Film Award "Mudhal Murai Killipparthaein" Sangamam
2005 Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist "Oh Sukumari" Anniyan
2005 Tamil Nadu State Film Award "Oh Sukumari", "Iyengaaru Veetu" Anniyan
2008 Tamil Nadu State Film Award All Songs Periyar
2010 Vijay Award All Songs Thenmerku Paruvakaatru
2011 Vijay Award All Songs "Sara Sara", Vaagai Sooda Va
2011 Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist "Sara Sara" Vaagai Sooda Vaa
2012 Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist "Para Para" Neerparavai
2015 SIIMA Award for Best Lyricist "Malargal Kettaen" Oh Kadhal Kanmani


As writer[edit]


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "A poet, first and foremost". The hindu. 14 September 2003. 

External links[edit]

Lyrics by Vairamuthu (வைரமுத்துவின் தமிழ் பாடல் வரிகள்)