Sheikh Thambi Pavalar

[Sathavathani] (31 July 1874 - 13 February 1950 / Edalakudy, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu / India)

Biography of Sheikh Thambi Pavalar

Sheikh Thambi Pavalar poet

Sheikh Thambi Pavalar (Tamil: செய்கு தம்பி பாவலர்) was a Tamil poet, scholar and an Indian independence activist.

Biography

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. 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’. 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, Pathirthupathu Anthathi, Deavalogathu criminal case, Vedantha vivahara criminal case and also wrote commentaries of ‘Seerapuranam’, which contained 5,027 poems.

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 died on 13-Feb-1950.

Awards

He is known as Sathavathani, which means, one who has a grasp on hundred different aspects of knowledge at a moment.

also, Several titles like
Pavalar,
Devamirtha Prasanka Kalanchiyam’,
Tamil Perunkadal,
Kalai Kadal,
Mahamathi,
Allama etc.,

A School situated at Edalakudy in Nagercoil memory of him
SATHAVATHANI SHEIKU THAMBI PAVALAR GOVT. Hr Sec SCHOOL

A memorial has been constructed in honour of the Pavalar at his birthplace by TamilNadu Goverment.

On 31-December-2008, a commemorative postage stamp on him was released by Govt of India.

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