Name : Dr. T.SUMATHY (aka) Dr. THAMIZHACHI THANGAPANDIAN
Occupation : Former Lecturer (Senior Grade), Department of English, Queen Mary’s College (auto) affiliated to The University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Acclaimed as a Tamil poet, her areas of interest include post – colonial literatures (especially Sri Lankan and Australian), diasporic literatures (especially Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora), translation, criticism and performing arts (Tamil Theatre). Currently she is a Freelance Writer and a Performing Artist.
Educational Qualification : M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D, (English Literature).
Graduation : B.A. English Literature,
Sri Meenakshi College for Women,
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Post Graduation : M.A., English Literature,
Thiagarajar College of Arts & Science,
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai,
Tamil Nadu, India.
Special Proficiency : University Rank Holder (M.A. Degree)
Master of Philosophy : M.Phil., English Literature,
Thiagarajar College of Arts & Science,
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai,
Tamil Nadu. India.
Doctor of Philosophy : University of Madras,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Diasporic Longing and The Changing Contours of Resistance in The Plays of Ernest Thalayasingham Macintyre
Academic Details : Former Lecturer in the Department of English at Valliammal College
for Women, Anna Nagar, Chennai. (from 1988 to 1989)
Former Lecturer in the Department of English at PGP College of Arts & Science, Namakkal. (from 1994 to 1995)
Former Lecturer in the Department of English at Queen Mary’s College, Chennai. (from September 1996 to December 2008)
Publications : Published a book of Tamil poems titled Enjottu Penn at an International Tamil Literary Conference, January 2004, Chennai (Mithra Publications – Chennai).
Uravukal – Espo complied by S. Ravikumar & T. Sumathy – published in December’04 by Archuna Publications.
Vanapechi collection of Poems – published in December’07 by Uyirmmai Publications.
Pecharavam Ketilaiyo, a compilation of my interviews – published in December ’08 by Uyirmmai Publications. .
Manjanathi, a compilation of 70 poems – published in December’09 by Uyirmmai Publications.
Naveenathuvathai Kamban – published by Annai Muthamizh Publication in December’10.
Katru Konarntha Kadithangal, Kalamum Kavithaiyum, Soll Thodum Thoram, Pampadam – published by Uyirmmai Publication in December’10.
Aruhan, a compilation of 39 poems – published in December’11 by Uyirmmai Publications.
Mayileragu Manasu a compilation of 13 articles – published in May’12 by Vikatan Publication.
Island to Island: The voice of Sri Lankan Australian Playwright: Ernest Thalayasingham Macintyre – published in English, January’13 by Emerald Publications.
Manvasam a compilation of 30 articles – published in June’13 by Vikatan Publication.
Avalukku Veyil Endru Peyar a compilation of 32 poems – published in December’15 by Uyirmmai Publication.
Poonaigal Sorgathirku Selvathillai a compilation of 56 review articles – published in December’15 by Uyirmmai Publication.
Kallin Kadungobam (THE RAGE OF A STONE) a translation of Galician Poems (written by Maria Reimondez) into Tamil (through English) was published in September ’17 by Uyirmmai Publication.
Nizhal Veli a translation book of Thamizhachi’s Island to Island into Tamil by Sa.Devadoss – published in January’18 by Uyirmmai Publication.
Chottangal a collection of 20 articles – published in December’15 by Thamizh Thisai Publication.
Muttu Veedu a collection of 5 short stories – published in January’19 by Uyirmmai Publication.
Internal Colloquies, English Translation by Dr.C.T.Indra of selected poems from Vanapechi by Dr.Thamizhachi Thangapandian – published in February’ 19 by Rubric Publishing.
Literary Activities : Presented a paper on the study of Australian Tamils (Tamil Migrants from Srilanka) at the International Conference: Culture, Literature and Translation at the University of Madras, 2001
Translated and read out in English, the Tamil Short Stories of Prabanjan and Arun Vijayarani at the International Conference: Culture, Literature and Translation at the University of Madras, 2001
Organized an International Tamil Literary Conference “Tamil Elakkiam 2004” on January 10th and 11th 2004, Chennai, in which 26 books of reputed Tamil writers were published. (16 books are from various Tamil writers from Australia, Denmark, Canada and France)
Presented a Paper at the same Literary Conference on “Tamil Literature towards New Directions” on 10.01.2004 at Chennai.
My poetry collection Enjottu Penn was launched in Sydney on 28.08.2004 by the Sydney Tamil Literary Association.
Addressed a Literary Meeting in Melbourne in September 2004, where Enjottu Penn was introduced and discussed, organized by the Tamil Writers Association, Melbourne.
Invited as Guest speaker for a three day conference organized by FeTNA (Federation of North American Tamils) from July 5 – 8, 2012 at Baltimore, USA.
Invited to present poems in an All India Poets Meet organized by TIASCI – Paris, France on July’13.
Launched the book Island to Island at Sorbonne University, Paris on 06.07.2013, France.
Invited as a Guest of Honour to participate as a guest lecturer making part of the project “REACTIV-ARTE” – funded by the Xunta de Galicia (Galician Autonomous Government) and organized by NGO Implicadas no Desenvolvemento – held in Galicia from April 6th to April 15th, 2015. My poems were translated into Galician language and read out at the Galician Writers Forum – A Coruna and at the Feminist Forum- Santiago de Compostela.
Invited as a Chief Guest for Pongal Celebrations by the Muzhumathy Foundation – Japan (Tokyo) – on February’ 17.
Invited as a Guest of Honour by the Readers Forum – Singapore, on March’ 17.
Academic Activities : Participated in an Orientation Programme (1999) orgranized by Academic Staff College, University of Madras
Participated in a two-day seminar on ‘Clinics in Sports Medicine’ conducted by the Fitness Foundation Academy, Sports Medicine Centre, Chennai April 2002
Participated in the Refresher Course on Women’s Education (Inter-disciplinary)-2002 organized by Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal
Presented a Paper on The Impact of Migrant Experience on the Individual Psyche in a Multi-Cultural Society Experienced by the Tamil Diaspora in Australia – 2002 organized by The Department of English, University of Madras and The Indian Association for the Study of Australia.
Presented a paper on “The Impact of migrant experience on the individual psyche – in a Multicultural – society experienced by the Tamil Diaspora in Australia” at the International Conference: Understanding Australia : Literature, Culture and Polity, at the University of Madras, 2002
Presented a paper on “Is Australia a sanctuary for people from violent homelands? A multicultural debate” at the IASA International Conference on Identity, Representation and Citizenship at Jawaharlal University (JNU), Jan 2004
Presented a paper on Tamil Dalit Theatre : A study of Pratibha Jayachandran’s Play “Koppu” at National Seminnar (2004) on The Indian Dalit Theatre and The Canadian Native Theatre organized by Centre for Canadian Studies University of Madras.
Participated in the Post Graduate Conference Australian Perspectives : An Interdisciplinary Post Graduate Conference, on 27.08.2004 and spoke on “Indian Women”, Department of Political Science, LA TROBE University, Melbourne
Participated a two day conference “PALIMPSESTS : TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES” at Australia Research Institute, Curtin University on 11th and 12th November, 2004
Participated in the National Conference on “Teaching Postcolinial Texts: Theory and Strategy” – 2005 organized by Department of English, University of Madras, Department of English, Ethiraj College for Women and Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS)
Participated in the Refresher Course in English (2005) at Stella Maris College, Chennai sponsored by the Department of Higher Education, Tamil Nadu
Participated in an Australia -India Exchange International Conference on Globalisation and Postcolonial Writing organized by Centre for Postcolonial Writing, Monash University, Australia and the Department of English, Calcutta University, India on February, 2006
Participated in the U.G.C Sponsored National Symposium on Literatures of West Asia organized by the Department of English, Stella Maris College on September, 2006.
Presented a paper on “Ethnic Consciousness Generated in the Nationalism of the Modern Nation – State of Sri Lanka – An analysis” – January 2006 by Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA) at 3rd International Conference on January 9-11, 2006, Pune.
Delivered Valedictory Address (“Semiotics as a crucial tool in Stylistics”) in the Refresher Course in English – Batch XXI [Theme: Literature, Arts, Media and Semiotics (Lams)] organised by the UGC Human Resource Development Centre, University of Madras
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 Womens 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.
CERTIFICATE OF HONOUR – UNICEF – for contribution towards – Baby Friendly Initiative.
An appreciation certificate by Tamil Nadu Government for donating Blood on December 2004
A one-day National Seminar on Thamizhachi’s poetry and works was organised by the Madurai Dhiraviyam Thayumanavar Hindu College at Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, South India on 27.10.2010. Ph.D Scholars, Research Students and eminent critics have participated and submitted papers on her poetry.
Received Bharathi Award by Vidiyal Foundation on March’17
Received Crown Jewel of Social Activities Award by Madras Development Society, Chennai on April’ 17
Received Thara Bharathi Award by Kavimugil Foundation on June’ 17.
Received Justice M.M.Ismail Memorial Award by Kamban Kazhagam, Chennai on August’ 17
Received Pride of India Award by SPARRC – IISM (Indian Institute of Sports Medicine) from His Excellency ESL. Narasimhan, Hon. Governor Telangana & Andhra Pradesh on 17.02.2018.
Research Publications on Thamizhachi’s Works :
Research scholars have done their M.Phil., & Ph.D. theses on Thamizhachi’s work.
Following M.Phil., thesis have been submitted on her works:
- Thamizhachi Kavithaikalil Ulladakkamum Uruvamum (July 2006) by N. Hemalatha, Tamil Department, Distance Education, Alagappa University, Karaikkal, Tamil Nadu, India.
- Thamizhachiyin Enjottu Penn Oru Aaivu (December – 2006) by H. Abirami, M.A., Alagappa University, Karaikkal, Tamil Nadu, India.
- Thamizhachiyin Enjottu Penn Kavithaikalil Panmugathanmai (October 2010) by P. Lenin Kumar, Tamil Department, Pachaiappas College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
- Thamizhachi Thangapandian Kavithaikalil Panmuga Paarvai (2011-2012) by A. Haaji Ali Sait, M.A. B.Ed., Tamil Department, Madurai college, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
- Panmugapaarvayil Thamizhachiyin ‘Vanapechi’ (April 2013) by S. Vinothkumar, Tamil Department, Periyar E.V.R College (Autonomous), Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India.
- Thamizhachiyin Manvasathil Maruthuva Kuripugalum Makkal Unarvugalum (April 2014) by S. Preetha, Tamil Department, Periyar E.V.R College (Autonomous), Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India
Following Doctorate theses have been submitted on her works:
- A Doctorate thesis on Thamizhachiyin Padaipugalil Penniyachinthanai (July 2014) by K.V. Manimegalai, Principal, Crescent Teachers Training Institution (Women), Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
- A Doctorate thesis on Thamizhachiyin Kavithaigal Nokkum Pokkum (2015) by R.Rajkumar, Tamil Department, Bharathidasan University (Autonomous), Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India.
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 31st (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).
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.
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