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Thamizhachi Thangapandian
Indian Politician

Thamizhachi Thangapandian

Thamizhachi Thangapandian
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Indian Politician
A.K.A. Sumathy
Is Poet Politician Writer
From India
Field Literature Politics
Gender female
Birth 25 April 1962
Age 60 years
Politics Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
The details (from wikipedia)


Thamizhachi Thangapandian Sumathy alias Thamizhachi Thangapandian is an Indian Poet, Lyricist, Orator, Politician and a Writer. She contested the 2019 Indian general election from the Chennai South constituency on a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ticket and won with a margin of over 260,000 votes against the incumbent ADMK MP Dr. J Jayavardhan.



  • Manvasam
  • Enjottu Penn
  • Uravukal
  • Vanapechi
  • Pecharavam Ketilaiyo
  • Manjanathi
  • Naveenathuvathai Kamban
  • Katru Konarntha Kadithangal, Kalamum Kavithaiyum, Soll Thodum Thoram, Pampadam
  • Aruhan
  • Mayileragu Manasu
  • Avalukku Veyil Endru Peyar
  • Poonaigal Sorgathirku Selvathillai
  • Chottangal (Dec 2015)
  • Muttu Veedu (Jan 2015)


  • Island to Island (The Voice of Sri Lankan Australian Playwright-Ernest Thalayasingham Macintyre) (Jan 2013)
  • Internal Colloquies, translated by C.T.Indra of selected poems from Vanapechi by Dr.Thamizhachi Thangapandian (Feb 2019)

Political career

She is one of the prominent woman leaders and orators in the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party. She contested in 2019 Indian general election from Chennai South (Lok Sabha constituency). Dr. T.Sumathy (aka) Dr.Thamizhachi Thangapandian quit her academic career to foray into politics by hoisting the prestigious party flag at the DMK Party's Youth Wing State Conference on December 2007.She hails from a political family from South India – (Virudhunagar). Her father Mr.V.Thangapandian, M.A., B.Ed., has been a staunch member of DMK from 1949 – right from the dawn of the party. He quit his academic career as the Headmaster of a High School to become the Member of the Legislative Council, (chosen by the founder of the DMK Paeraningar Anna). Under the leadership of the great Leader Kalaignar Karunanidhi, he had an active political career – as the DMK District Secretary of Virudhunagar for Twenty Seven Years (27 yrs), Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) and Minister for Co-operation and Minister for Commercial Tax – till his sudden demise on July 31 (1997) while he held Chair as the Minister for Commercial Tax in the then DMK Government.

Her younger brother Mr.Thangam Thennarasu B.E. (worked in SPIC for nine years) made his entry into politics as the candidate for by – election in Arupukottai Constituency, which fell vacant due to his father's demise. Twice an M.L.A., he was the Minister for School Education in the cabinet of Late Kalaignar Karunanidhi (from 2006 – 2011). Currently he serves as the sitting MLA for Thiruchuli Constituency (Virudhunagar District) of 15th Assembly in Tamil Nadu.

Currently Dr.Thamizhachi Thangapandian serves as an active Deputy President for the Art, Literature and Rationality Wing of the DMK Party – under the able Leadership of its Leader Mr. M.K.Stalin.

Awards and Recognitions

Academic Awards and Scholarships

  • General Proficiency Award – Under Graduation (B.A., English Literature)
  • Proficiency awards in Drama and Dance – Under Graduation (B.A., English Literature)
  • Proficiency Award – Faculty of Languages, Sriniketan, Madras.
  • University Rank Holder – Gold Medalist – Madurai Kamaraj University – Post Graduation (M.A., English Literature)
  • Awarded the FELLOWSHIP FOR THE STUDY OF AUSTRALIA – 2004, by the Australia India Council. As an AIC FELLOW – 2004, visited Australia from August – November 2004, as part of my Doctoral Research
  • Dr. Vedagiri Shanmugasundaram Prize awarded for the successful Ph.D Scholar of the Research Departments of the Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai.

Literary, Cultural & Societal Awards

  • Enjottu Penn has been awarded Sirpi Literary Prize, 2004 and Mahakavi Bharathiar Award, 2005. Some of the poems have been prescribed for Tamil Literature Students at Nandanam Arts College, Loyola College, Ethiraj College for Women & Women's Christian College in Chennai.
  • Enjottu Penn as a whole collection has been included in Periyar University (Salem) – Tamil Literature (Post Graduation) Syllabus (2017 – 2020).
  • Vanapechi as a whole collection has been included in Nirmala Women's College (Autonomous), Coimbatore – Tamil Literature (Under Graduation) Syllabus (2018).
  • Awarded Kavingnar Thirunal Virudhu, 2007.
  • Vanapechi has been awarded Aelathi Illakia Virudhu, 2008 and Tirupoor Tamil Sanga Virudhu, 2009.
  • Awarded Young Achiever Trophy in Theatre by Wisdom Publications.
  • An appreciation certificate from Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nadaga Mandram (Kalai Panpattu Thurai) for Best Performing Artist in Kurinjipattu Theatrical Drama on 24.12.2006
  • Awarded the prestigious Pavendhar Bharathidasan Virudhu – 2009 by the Tamil Nadu State Government.
  • A Citation given by University of Madras for Advancing the cause of women in the field of Literature on International Women's Day – 2010.
  • Awarded Best Poet Virudhu, 2010 by Kalam Puthithu, a Literary Organisation for Little Magazines, at Virudhachalam, Tamil Nadu.
  • Received Ilakkiya Alumai Virudhu, 2011 by Rajapalayam Tamil Sangam
  • Received Carolina Tamil Sangam Award by Tamil Sangam of Carolina, Inc., 14, July, 2012
  • Received Kalaignar Porkizhi Award, 2013 by BAPASSI for contribution to Tamil Poetry.
  • Received K. Sivathambi Award for Thanimai Thalir Article which was published in Kanayazhi Monthly Magazine at Kanaizhai Ponvizha & Virudhu Vizha 2015.
  • Received Bharathi Pani Selvar Award, 2015 by Bharathiyar Sangam at Bharathiyar Vizha, Chennai.

Elections Contested and Results

Elections Constituency Party Result Vote percentage Opposition Candidate Opposition Party Opposition vote percentage
2019 Indian general election Chennai South DMK Won 50.17 J. Jayavardhan AIADMK 26.88

Film career

As a lyricist

Year Film Songs References
2014 Pisaasu Pogum Paadhai
2019 Paris Paris Annachi Kondadu

As a Dialogue writer

She has written the dialogues for the movie Paris Paris which is ready for release this summer.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 22 Jul 2019. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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