Sunday, 16 October 2011

Famous Tamil people

List of Tamil people

This is a list of famous and notable Tamil people.This would include persons who are known to a large number of people and is not based on the extent of their popularity. Neither is the list viewed from the context of the present. Their fame could be brief, what matters is that they were well-known during the peak of their popularity.

In Hollywood

M. Night Shyamalan, Hollywood Filmmaker (Half Tamilian: Father is Malayali and Mother is Tamilian).

Jay Chandrasekhar, Hollywood actor, comedian, writer, and film director.

Sendhil Ramamurthy, he is an American actor,.

Ashok Amritraj, Hollywood Filmmaker, Producer

Sunkrish Bala, an American actor,.

[edit] Other Entertainers

Aziz Ansari

[edit] Sports & Games

[edit] Carrom

A. Maria Irudayam, World Carrom Champion & Arjuna Award winner for Carrom (1996).

R. Arokiaraj, Carrom Champion.

K. Radhakrishnan, Carrom Champion.

B. Radhakrishnan, Carrom Champion.

E. Mahimairaj, Carrom Champion.

M. Natraj, Carrom Champion.

A. Ponnarasi, Carrom Champion.

G. Revathi, Carrom Champion.

G.Raja, Carrom Champion.

izhavazhagi,world carrom champion (2008).

[edit] Volleyball

A. Palanisamy, First Arjuna Award winner for volley ball (1961).

G E Sridharan, Arjuna Award winner.

Kumaran, played for Indian team and currently playing for IOB,Chennai.

Sundaram, former setter for Indian team and Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai.

Mangala Jeyabalan, former setter for Indian team.

Muthuraj, played for Indian team and currently playing for Indian Bank, Chennai.

Sayee Krishnan, played for Indian team and currently playing for Indian Bank, Chennai.

Pradeep John, represented India in Asian Games 2006 as part of Beach Volleyball.

Mohan Poothanathan, represented India in Asian Games 2006 as part of Beach Volleyball.

Sivaraman, played for Indian team and considered the best back row attacker during his playing time.

Natarajan J, playing currently for India and IOB, Chennai. Also the captain of the Tamil Nadu volleyball team.

Sivabalan, played for India and currently playing for IOB, Chennai.

Selvarasu, played for Indian junior team and currently playing for ICF, Chennai.

Raj Mohan, played for Indian junior team and currently playing for ICF, Chennai.

Kamaraj, represented Indian youth team which finished 2nd in the world championships.

J.Ramesh,Played for Indian team and played for Hindustan Photo Films

G.Chandra Mohan, former setter for Indian Team from Hindustan Photo Films, Ooty

[edit] Chess

Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion and the first Indian to earn the title of Grandmaster.

Manuel Aaron, The first Indian to earn the title of International Master.

Murugan Thiruchelvam, Chess player from United Kingdom.

Krishnan Sasikiran, Grandmaster & Arjuna Award winner for Chess (2002).

S. Vijayalakshmi, Six time Women's national champion of India, the First Women Grandmaster from India & Arjuna Award winner for Chess (2000).

S. Meenakshi, Women Grandmaster and sister of S. Vijayalakshmi.

Aarthie Ramaswamy, Women Grandmaster and under-18 girls' World Chess champion.

R. B. Ramesh, Grandmaster and National Champion of India & Winner of the 2002 British Chess Championship.

P. Mahesh Chandran, Grandmaster.

Deepan Chakkravarthy, Grandmaster & Winner of the Asian Junior Championship at Colombo in 2002.

G. B. Prakash, Grandmaster Elect.

P. Konguvel, International Master.

Lanka Ravi, International Master.

S. Arun Prasad, International Master.

S. Kidambi, International Master.

K. Murugan, International Master.

T. S. Ravi, International Master.

V. Saravanan, International Master.

T. N. Parameswaran, International Master.

R. Balasubramanian, International Master.

S. Poobesh Anand, International Master.

M. R. Venkatesh, International Master.

N. Sudhakar Babu, International Master.

[edit] Cricket

[edit] India

Buchi Babu Naidu (died 1908),Father of Chennai Cricket.

Cota Ramaswami (born 1896, presumed dead), represented India in both International cricket & Tennis.

M.J. Gopalan (1909–2003), represented India in both International Hockey & Cricket.

C. R. Rangachari (1916–1993), Pace Bowler, Indian Cricket Team.

C. D. Gopinath (born 1930), Batsman, Indian Cricket Team.

S. Venkataraghavan (born 1945), ex-Captain of Indian Cricket Team and Test & ODI umpire.

K. Srikkanth (born 1959), ex-Captain and current Chief Selector of Indian Cricket Team.

T.A. Sekhar (born 1956), Pace Bowler, Indian Cricket Team.

T. E. Srinivasan, Batsman, Indian Cricket Team.

L. Sivaramakrishnan (born 1965), Spin Bowler, Indian Cricket Team.

V. B. Chandrasekhar, Batsman, Indian Cricket Team.

Bharat Arun (born 1962), Pace Bowler, Indian Cricket Team.

Murali Kartik (born 1976), Spin Bowler, Indian Cricket Team.

Sadagoppan Ramesh (born 1975), Batsman, Indian Cricket Team.

Lakshmipathy Balaji (born 1981), Pace Bowler, Indian Cricket Team.

Dinesh Karthik (born 1985), Wicketkeeper, Indian Cricket Team.

Vignesh Venkatramam, (born 1984), Wicketkeeper - Batsman, Portslade Cricket Club, Sussex, England.

Woorkeri Raman

Robin Singh

[edit] Other Countries

Muttiah Muralitharan (born 1972), Highest Wicket taker in the Sri Lankan Cricket Team.

Russel Arnold - Cricketer of the Sri Lankan team

Vinodhan John, Pace Bowler, First Sri Lankan Tamil Test cricketer 1982.

Kandiah Thirugnansampandapillai Francis, International Test & ODI umpire from Sri Lanka.

A Varadarajan, Batsman, Canadian Cricket Team.

Sanjayan Thuraisingam (born 1969), Pace Bowler, Canadian Cricket Team.

Easwaran Sinnathamby (born 1973), Pace Bowler, Canadian Cricket Team.

Kantharatnam Shanthikumar (born 1954), Pace Bowler, Canadian Cricket Team.

Mahendra Nagamootoo, West Indies Cricket Team.

Ruban Sivanadian (born 1965),ICC Umpire from Canada (born Sri Lanka) [2]

[edit] Football

Peter Velappan (born 1935), General Secretary of Asian Football Confederation and Member of FIFA Strategic Studies Committee & Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup.

Peter Thangaraj (1938-2008), Olympion and the Goalkeeper of Indian football team that won the Gold Medal at the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games.

Komaleeswaran Sankar, Only Indian FIFA Assistant Referee for the Football World Cup and have won the Asia’s 'Best Assistant Referee' award in 1999.

Vikash Dhorasoo is a French professional football midfielder, who is currently without a club after being sacked from French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain. He has scored one goal in eighteen matches for the French national team, and he represented his country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

FIFA Committees: member of FIFA Strategic Studies Committee, Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup, Football Committee Awards: FIFA Centennial

[edit] Hockey

Vasudevan Baskaran, Captain of the Indian Hockey team that won Olympic Gold in 1980 Moscow Olympics and Arjuna Award winner (1979–1980).

Dhanraj Pillay (born 1968), ex-Indian Hockey Captain, Arjuna Award winner (1995) and also winner of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (1999–2000).

Mohamad Riaz, Olympion and Arjuna Award (1998).

Adam Sinclair, Member of the Indian Hockey team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Raja, Member of the Indian Hockey team.

Mathisan Selvananthan, Member of the Indian Hockey team.

[edit] Kabaddi

Subbiah Rajarathinam, Captain of the Indian Kabaddi team that won the Gold in 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games.

[edit] Racing

Narain Karthikeyan, Coimbatore, India's first Formula 1 driver.

S. Karivardhan, Coimbatore, Car Constructor and National Champion.

N. Leelakrishnan, Coimbatore, 7 Times National Rally Champion.

Naren Kumar, Coimbatore, 4 Times National Rally Champion.

J. Anand, Coimbatore, 3 Times National F3 Grand Prix winner.

R. Gopinath, Coimbatore, F3 National Champion and Founder of SpitFire Motorsports.

B. Vijay Kumar, Coimbatore, Fiat Champion and LG sports founder.

G. R. Karthikeyan, Coimbatore, 7 Times South India Rally winner and father of Narain Karthikeyan.

Akbar Ebrahim, Chennai, 3 Times National F3 Grand Prix winner.


Vijay Amritraj, International Tennis Champion & Actor

Anand Amritraj, International Tennis player.

Ashok Amritraj, International Tennis player.

Prakash Amritraj, International Tennis player.

Mahesh Bhupathi, International Tennis player.

Ramanathan Krishnan, International Tennis player.

Ramesh Krishnan, International Tennis player.

Nirupama Vaidyanathan, International Tennis player from Coimbatore.

Jeevan Nedunchezhian- Tennis player, World number 17th under 18
 Cultural Icons

Thirumuruga Kirupananda Variyar, Scholarly Saint.

Rukmini Devi Arundale, Bharatanatyam dancer & fonder of Kalakshetra.

Balasaraswati, Bharatanatyam dancer.

Alarmel Valli, Bharatanatyam dancer.

Chitra Visweswaran, Bharatanatyam dancer.

Padma Subramanyam, Bharatanatyam dancer.

Medha Hari, Bharatanatyam dancer.

Pithukuli Murugadas, Divine Musician who is known for his songs on Lord Murugan.

K. B. Sundarambal, Actress/Singer.

Sirkazhi Govindarajan, Vocalist and Carnatic Music exponent.

Dr. Sirkazhi G. Sivachidambaram, Vocalist and Carnatic Music exponent.

 Tamil Language Icons

Arumuka Navalar (1822–1879), Pioneer of Tamil Prose & Champion of Hinduism from Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Maraimalai Adigal, Tamil scholar & Activist.

Rev.Father Xavier Thaninayagam Adigalar (1913–1980), from Jaffna, Sri Lanka, founder member of the International Association for Tamil Research.

Mahavidwan R. Raghava Iyengar, Tamil scholar & Researcher & Poet.

U. V. Swaminatha Iyer (1855–1942), Pioneer of Tamil Popularly known as Tamil Thaatha.

[edit] Spiritual Icons

Alwars, There are 12 Alwars, who are devotees of Lord Vishnu and exponents of Vaishnavism.

Nayanmars, There are 63 Nayanmars, who are devotees of Lord Siva and exponents of Saivism.

Ramalinga Swamigal (1823–1873), popularly known as Vallalar.

Ramanuja (1017–1137), Philosopher and one of the most important saint of Vaishnavism.

Appayya Dikshidar (1520–1593), Philosopher, followed Advaita School of Indian Philosophy.

Ramana Maharshi (1879–1950).

Yogaswami (1872–1964), A Great Spiritual Leader from Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Sivananda Saraswati (1887–1963), A well known proponent of Yoga and Vedanta.

Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy (born 1924), Cardinal Priest of S Maria delle Grazie alle Fornaci fuori Porta Cavalleggeri, Vatican City.

Dayananda Saraswati, Founder of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.

Yogiraj Shri Vethathiri Maharishi, Founder of the The World Community Service Center, an organisation striving for World peace from 1911 and propagator of the famous blessing phrase of "Vaazgha Vaiyagam Vaazgha Valamudan" (வாழ்க வையகம் வாழ்க வளமுடன்) roughly translated as 'Be Blessed by the Divine'.

Bala Prajapathi Adikalar, the present Pattathu Ayya of Swamithope pathi and leader of Ayyavazhi religion.

D. G. S. Dhinakaran, prominent Christian Evangelist and founder of Jesus Calls Ministries.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,is a spiritual and humanitarian leader.

Classical Literature

Thiruvalluvar, Saint Poet & Author of Thirukural.

Thirumoolar, Saint Poet & Author of Thirumandhiram.

Tholkaapiyar, Author of Tholkappiyam, one of the first Tamil grammar books.

Illango Adigal, Saint Poet & Author of Silappathikaram.

Srivilliputhurar, Author of Tamil Mahabharatham.

Seethalai Saathanar, Author of Manimegalai.

Kambar, Author of Kamba Ramayanam.

Auvaiyar, Women Saint & Author of Aathichoodi.

Tirutakakatevar, Author of Jivaka Chintamani.

Eelattu Poothanthevanar, Classical Sri Lankan Poet of Sangam period.

Spiritual Literature


Nakkeerar Author of Tirumurukāṟṟuppaṭai .

Thirumular, Author of Thirumandhiram.

Arunagirinathar, Author of Thiruppugazh.

Sekkizhar, Author of Periapuranam.

Manikkavasagar, Author of Thiruvasagam & One of the Nayanmars.

Nammalvar, Author of Tiruvaymozhi & One of the Alwars.

Thirumazhisai Alvar, Author of Tiruchanda-virutham & One of the Alwars.

Andal, Author of Tiruppaavai & One of the Alwars.

V. Akilesapillai, Tamil scholar Poet & Author of Thirukonasala Vaipavam from Sri Lanka.


Henry A. Krishna Pillai


Umaru Pulavar (1605–1703), Author of Sirappuranam, Islamic spiritual work on the life of Muhammad.

Mohammad Ibrahim, Author of Muhaidin Puranam, Islamic spiritual literature.

[edit] Modern literature


Subramanya Bharathy (1882–1921), Nationalist Tamil Poet.

Bharathidasan (1891–1964), Tamil Poet & Rationalist.

Pudhumaipithan (1906–1948), Tamil Fiction Writer known for his Modern outlook and Progressive thinking.

Prof. Karmegha Konar (1889–1957), Tamil Poet.

Akilan, Novelist.

Ramalingam Pillai (Namakkal Kavignar)

Thi.Janakiraman, Novelist.

Laa.Sa. Ramamirutham, Novelist.

Kalki Krishnamurthy (1899–1954), Freedom fighter, novelist and journalist.

Jayakanthan (born 1934), Writer & Novelist.

Kannadasan (1927–1981), Popularly called as Kavi Arasu Poet, Film lyricist & Winner, National Film Award for Best Lyrics (1969).

Vairamuthu (born 1953), Poet, Film lyricist & Winner, National Film Award for Best Lyrics (1986), (1993), (1995), (2000) & (2003).

Indira Soundarajan, Novelist & Short story Writer.

Ashoka Mitran (born 1931), Novelist & Short story Writer.

R. K. Narayan (1906–2001), English novelist & Essayist.

Koththamangalam Subbu, Poet.

Sandilyan, Novelist.

Pa. Vijay, Film lyricist & Winner, National Film Award for Best Lyrics (2005).

Vaali, Film lyricist.

Sujatha Rangarajan (born 1935), contemporary Tamil & Film screen play writer.

Krishna Srinivas (born 1913), World Poet.

Kaavya Viswanathan (born 1987), Novelist.

V Gangadhar (born 1987), Novelist.

David Davidar (born 1987), Novelist.

Other countries

Philip Jeyaratnam, Singapore writer (also, President of Singapore Law Society). (Sri Lankan Tamil father, European mother)

Gopal Baratham (1935–2002), Singaporean writer and leading neurosurgeon

Edwin Thumboo (born 1933), Singaporean writer (Tamil father, Teochew Chinese mother)

S.Ponnudurai, novelist from Sri Lanka

Shyam Selvadurai, Sri Lankan-Canadian novelist (Sri Lankan Tamil father, Sri Lankan Sinhalese mother)


Members of the LTTE

Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the LTTE,

Captain Miller

Anton Balasingham

Colonel Soosai

Colonel Kittu

Sathasivam Krishnakumar


Thenmuli Rajaratnam

Thanks: ashruthagiri.blogspot
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