Navaneetham Pillay - the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The Honourable Madam Justice Navanethem Pillay is
a South African judge who has been designated by United Nations
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as High Commissioner for
Human Rights. She is currently on the International Criminal Court,
where she has been serving since 2003.
She was born in 1941 to Tamil minority. She was the first woman to
start a law practice in Natal Province in 1967. She acted as defence
attorney for many anti-apartheid activists and trade unionists,
including her own husband. In 1973, she brought a successful
application against the officer commanding Robben Island Prison
which enabled political prisoners including Nelson Mandela to have
access to lawyers.
Pillay studied at Harvard University, earning a Master of Law degree
in 1982, and Doctor of Juridical Science in 1988. In 1992 she
co-founded the organization Equality Now which campaigns
internationally on women`s rights. In 1995, Pillay became the first
Indian descent to be appointed as a High Court judge in South
Pradani Muthirulappa Pillai (or Muthu Irulappa Pillai), son of
Sundra Pandya Pillai, of the 18th century was a famous minister of
Ramnad during the reign of Muthuramalinga Sethupathy. As the king
was a minor, just an infant, the pradani took over the controls of a
languishing kingdom and brought order and a sense of well-being by
his careful planning and introduction of several tax and revenue
reforms. Ramnad Manual amply records his administrative prowess and
AK Pillai, 1927
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A.Vedhantham Pillai, 1897
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Vikram Vishnu Pillai Hockey player:
Guru Mahalingam Pillai
A A Krishna Pillai (1824-1901)
VELLALA PURANAM - by Maha Vidvan Kandasamik Kavirayar
Old Tamil Nool Vellala Puranam by Kandasamy Kavirayar,
Printed from Tamil manuscripts by Mahalaingam Mariammal Arakkattalai, 1999
The above mentioned Puranam meticulously records the Vellala Agriculture as a
Kandasamy Kavirayar, belongs to the Saiva Vellala Community.
Kandasamy Kavirayar's famous hymns on Lord Shiva are etched in black stone in
the Papanasam Sivan Kovil.
Still now some of the Kavirayar's family lives in Vickrama Singa puram.
You can see one of the lineage's photo here...
VELALA PURANAM has 29 padalangal, 1373
It sings about the importance of Agriculture as a science, the
knowledge of sand types, rice types, weather, water & the culture of the vellala
Most importantly the 10th padalam says about the Rice, Water,
Grass, Weather, Natural fertilizer, water harvesting and all other things
related to the Agricultural Life.
This Puranam also glorifies the importance of "Pancha Kavyam"
(Mattu Chanam, Komiyam, Paal, Thayir, Ney - the 5 holy things of hindusim), as a
GREAT fertlizer of the tilling land.
Here, one should recollect what E.V.R. Periyar told about the
Pancha Kavyam and its use as a Brahmanical symbol. It is not a symbol only. It
is a fertilizer also. Now many agri scientists are inventing many new natural
fertilizer like the age old Pancha Kavyam.
So, as per Periar, we should not take all his teachings as
correct. Many of his tirades against Hindu cultures and symbols are being proved
To read more about this, please visit
Thanks: Article on Indian Agriculture by
Sangeetha Sreeram in Kalachuvadu, Oct 2005
Sa.Ve.Su. Sa.Ve. Subramaniyan avargal
Wrote Books in Tamil: 45
Malayalam: 1 Total pages :13,144
More than 100 Radio speeches, more than 300 Thesis, 20 Research
Born 31.12.1929, at Veerakeralm puthur, near Tenkasi, Surandai.
Still Serving Tamil!.
studied at St.Mary school, Vicramasingapuram, M.D.T. Hindu college,
1953-56 = Tamil Lecturer, VOC College Tuticorin
1957 = Tamil Lecturer, University of Trivandrum
1969 = made Papanasam Tiruvalluvar College
1974 - 1986 = World Tamil Research Institute, Director
1978-1983 = Sakitya Academy Board Member both Central and State 5
1980 = Mauritius, Paris, Rome, Athens, Cairo visit on educational
1981 = In Checkolosvekiya Charles University for UGC program
1982 = AICTE member
1983 = Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaya tour
1984 = Kamban Ilakkiya Uththigal - Tamilnadu State Prize
1985 = Kundrakkudi Aatheenam gives "Tamilakarar" pattam
1985 = creates a village for Tamil called Tamiloor. Thamizhagam
1987 = makes World Tamil Education Society at Tamiloor
1997 = Ramnad King Baskara Sethupathi Award
1999 = Indian Sakitya Academy Basha Samman Award
2002 = Tamilnadu UGC member
2003 = Raja Sir. Annamalai Chettiyar Arakkattalai Prize
Bhakthar and Philanthropist, Vadamalaiappa Pillai in a
miracle with Lord Murugan
The incident took place on Friday 29th Thai in the kollam
year 829. ie.1653 A.D.
Navalar - a Jaffna based saivaite vellala saint 1822 - 1879
In his short life covering 57 years he published
around 75 books. They covered his original writings and his
commentaries on ancient classics.
C.V.Thamotharampillai and later
U.V.Swaminatha Iyer followed the footsteps of Navalar in
this field of publishing ancient classics. One eminent Tamil
scholar Thiru Vi. Ka said "In the field of editing, and
publishing old manuscripts Navalar laid the foundation,
C.V.Thamotharampillai built the walls and U.V.Swaminatha Iyer
Arumuga Navalar & Hindu Renaissance - Dennis Hudson
சைவ வினா விடை
good collection of Eelam Saivism Links
More on Navalar
சைவத்தமிழ் சுவாமி விபுலாநந்தர் Swami Vipulanandar (1892-1947)
வேளாளர் குடியில் விளங்கு கண்ணம்மை எனும் வாழ்க்கைத் துணையுடன்
நடத்திய குடும்ப வாழ்வில், விபுலாநந்தர் தோன்றினார்.
read more on him here
Pandiya, Chera, Chola Vellala Kings
Normally Tamils think all 3 Kings and the 19th c.
Palayakkarars (Poligars) who fought valiantly against the
British, French and Dutch, as Thevars or from Mukkulathore
community. But often it is encountered that they are actually
Vellalars. May be the proverb, "Maravarum, Kallarum mella mella
vellalar ayinare" is what made the kings to call themselves
vellalas. Because, once they became rulers, they needed an
identity. In ancient to today's Tamilnadu, one caste sur name is
easy and cheap to provide sudden acceptance is the "Pillai"
surname. So may be this was the truth?. in this connection
please read this article
Tiruchabai (T.T.T.) Kauai Aadheenam in
The founder of the Tirumular
Tirumantiram Tiruchabai (T.T.T.) S. Sivakumar.
His father, Satchidanandam Pillai (1887-1972),
former Director of Public Instruction, was
a dynamic Saivite missionary who structured his
activities on the church model, founding what was known as the
Weekly Worship Movement. Working primarily from the Saiva
Tirumurai (the 12 foremost scriptures, forming Saivism's Holy
Bible), Sivakumar's father would hold meetings every Friday
evening (regardless of where he was, it is told) for one hour. A
typical worship meeting included: collective prayer for 5
minutes; silent prayer 3 minutes; readings from the scripture
for 15 minutes; a sermon for 30 minutes and Thevaram hymns. His
spirited efforts earned him the title "Saiva Padre."
The T.T.T. is openly borrowing from the patterns developed
through the years by the Christian sects, which they note have
been alarmingly effective in their campaign to convert Hindus in
South India. Hinduism, they feel, can take a lesson from the
social and educational successes of the Christians, thus
providing more services to their Hindu brothers and sisters.
The Great Tamil Cinema Poet Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram
Kalyanasundaram was born to
Arunachalanaar and Visalatchi Ammaiyaar in a humble farming
family on April 13, 1930.
left behind a wealth of simple but immortal lyrics to the world.
Kalyanasundaram's father is known
to have written a treatise called
Musukundanaattu Vazhinadaik Kummi. This book was
written in traditional Kummi, a distinct Tamil poetical
style. His surviving brother Mr.
Ganapathisundaram, a poet and a playwright, played the
role of a constructive critic and helped Kalyanasundaram grow
into what we know him as today.
refer the site
'Pattukkotttaiyaarin Sila Paadalkal'
'Select Tamil Songs of Pattukottai
http://www.mggpillai.com/ : A
great Journalist from Malaysia.
Great Pharmacist, Professor
Purchase many Award winning Books authored by GREAT PILLAIs at
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The Antiquity of Nanjinad and Shenkottah: The Two Tamil
Districts of Travancore/T. Ponnambalam Pillai;
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Vaishnava Pillai Gurus
Founder - Late Dr PA Velayudhan Pillai
[The Lord Ayyappan is a Kuladeivam of Vellala]
Ayyappan Seva Sangam Founder Pillai
Geneticist in Switzerland
Dubash Ananda Rangap Pillai,
Pepys of South India, Tamil diarist
The street name near the Pondy Secretariat
is named after this Great Man.
Born at Ayanavaram near Perambur, Madras. His father was a
prosperous trader at Madras, but died when Pillai was only 15.
At Pondicherry he became an agent for the French (who ruled
Pondicherry mostly from 1673 until 1954). He married Mangathayi
Ammal and they had five children. He wrote a diary for much of
his life (and, therefore, has been called the Pepys of South
India). The diary is considered an important source for
historians of the period, and Pillai is thought of as the
greatest Tamil diarist.
The Hindu says
Murugan.org says abt this Great Pillai
More on him
Govinda Pillai, former chief editor of Deshabhimani,
Canadian Accounts Man Dr. Paul Pillai
First SingaporePillai to use the
First Woman Gas Station Owner in USA
Making the Beauty Queens of India Mrs.
Rhea Pillai wife of Munnabhai Sanjay Dutt
Chere2 > What sort of training do you give the beauty queens?
SPEAKER_Rhea Pillai > The same as I give to everyone else, it
just helps you become more confident, more clear in thought,
calm, with the ability to enjoy every moment .
MGH Cancer Center
Biscuit Baron Rajan Pillai
Signal Processing Scientist Unnikrishna Pillai:
Pillai-Friedman, PhD, LSW
Dr G.C. Gopala Pillai
Chairman and MDof Fertilisers and Chemicals
Travancore Ltd (FACT)
& Ex-Managing Director of Kerala Industrial Infrastructure
Thiru L. Shanmuga. Marthandam Pillai
(IRS - Customs Collector - Retd.).
He is the first collectorate to take up the position at Madurai.
and served the Government of India with distinction for over
three decades. For nearly two decades he was posted in New
Delhi and retired in 1973 as Collector of Customs and Central
Excise, Madurai. Later he served on the board of several leading
Thiru Dr. S.S.K. Marthandam Pillai
Vice- Chancellor of Ramachandra Medical College,
Chennai Orthopedic Surgeon at Chennai.
Even last year he won a award from saivaneri.
வேளாளர்த் தலைவர் காரிக்கும் அவர் தம் மனைவியார் உதயநங்கைக்கும்
பிரமாதி வருடம், வைகாசி மாதம், விசாக நட்சத்திரம் குழந்தை
பிறந்தது. வேதங்களைத் தமிழில் திருவாய்மொழியாக இசைத்த மாறன்
Maarimuththaa Pillai : A Tamil Music Giant
S. Kanapathipillai (பண்டிதமணி சி. கணபதிப்பிள்ளை) (1899-1986) was
a minority Sri Lankan Tamil literary figure and Hindu revivalist
in the school of Arumuga Navalar. His father was Sinnathamby
Pillai of Madduvil. Kanapathipillai was enrolled at the Navalar
Kaaviya Paadasalai, under Kumaraswamy Pulavar, where he pursued
higher studies in classical Tamil and literature. He was also
guided by Swami Vipulananda, while still a student at the
Navalar Kaaviya Paadasalai.
Vijayakumar (Tamil: விஜயகுமார்) (born August 29, 1949) is a
Tamil actor and politician. Along with predominant work in Tamil
cinema since 1973, he has acted in a few Telugu and Hindi
movies. As of 2009, he is acting in the television serial,
Thangam, aired on Sun TV.
All his Family Daughter Sridevi, Arun Vijay are also famous
Pillai in Arts
and cinema from Wikipedia
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Sundar C, Film Director cum Actor|
Aparna Pillai, Actress|
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S. A. Chandrasekhar, Film Director|
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