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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June 26 1906 - Ma.Po.Sivagnanam Birthday

M. P. Sivagnanam, (Mylapore Ponnuswamy Sivaganam) popularly known as Ma.Po.Si (26 June 1906 – 3 October 1995), was an Indian politician and the founder of the political party Tamil Arasu Kazhagam.

Mylapore Ponnuswamy Sivagnanam (Ma.Po.Si) was a Veteran Tamil Scholar and the Champion of Tamil Language and Culture.Ma.Po.Si was an example of self-made leader, an embodiment of whatever is noble and great in Tamil tradition and culture. He belonged to a rare group of eminent personalities who, having had no formal education worth the name in a background of poverty and lack of social status, have risen. By dint of sheer self-effort to an exalted position. He has authored more than 100 books. He was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from Thiyagarayanagar constituency contesting as a DMK contestant in 1967. His participation in the demarcation of TamilNadu has made him an important figure in the state's history. It was through his efforts the state could retain Madras(now renamed as Chennai) and got Tiruttani from Andhra Pradesh (due to his the namade vs manade agitation) . He was the chairman (presiding officer) of Tamil Nadu Legislative Council when it was abolished by M. G. Ramachandran in 1986.

His love for and involvement with Tamil literature has brought him much praise. Ma.Po.Si's extensive research on Silappatikaram earned him the special title "Silambu Chelvar". His attraction towards this epic even made him name his daughters Kannagi and Madhavi. He was instrumental in reviving public interest about the poligar Veerapandiya Kattabomman through his biography of the chieftain written after researching folklore. The 1959 biopic of the same name was based on his book and made Kattabomman a household name in Tamil Nadu.[4] In 1966, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for his biography of Vallalar - Vallalar kanda orumaipaadu. In 1972 Government of India awarded him Padma Shri for Literature & Education.[1] A commemorative stamp in his honor was released in 2006. Tamilnadu Government decided in its policy note to install statute of Ma.Po.Si in Triplicane conceding to popular demands at a cost of Indian Rupee symbol.svg6.25lakhs.
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