[Kampan] (1180-1250 / Tiruvaluntur, Tanjore, India)

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Kambar (Tamil: கம்பர்) also known as Kamban or Kampan, was a medieval Tamil poet and the author of the Tamil Ramayanam Ramavatharam, popularly known as Kambaramayanam, the Tamil version of Ramayana. Kambar also authored other literary works in Tamil such as Erezhupathu, Silaiezhupathu, Kangai Puranam and Sarasvati Anthati.


Kambar belonged to the Ochchan or Occhan caste, traditionally nadaswaram players in southern India. But he was brought up in the household of a wealthy farmer in Vennai Nellur in south India. The Chola king having heard of this talented bard, summoned him to his court and honoured him with the title Kavi Chakravarthi or The Emperor of ... more »

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