Dr. Thamizhachi Thangapandian
Member of Parliament , Chennai South Constituency
I have obtained my M.A., M.Phil., in English Literature from Thiagarajar Arts College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. I worked as a Senior-Grade Lecturer in English at Queen Mary’s College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, from 1996-2008. As a research scholar, I was the recipient of the AIC (Australia – India Council) Fellow Award (2004) and obtained my Doctorate from the University of Madras (2010).
Acclaimed as a Tamil poet, my 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).
I am freelance writer, performing artist, and currently a Member of Parliament (South Chennai Constituency, Tamil Nadu, India).
I have to my credit Twenty (20) publications in Tamil and Two (2) publications in English – Island to Island – The Voice of Sri Lankan Australian Playwright: Ernest Thalayasingham Macintyre (2013) and Internal Colloquies, English Translation by Dr. C.T.Indra of selected poems from Vanapechi by Dr.Thamizhachi Thangapandian.
I am the recipient of the prestigious Pavendhar Bharathidasan Virudhu – 2009 by the Tamil Nadu State Government, Kalaignar Porkizhi Award, 2013 by BAPASSI for contribution to Tamil Poetry, Justice M.M.Ismail Memorial Award by Kamban Kazhagam, Chennai on August 2017 – to mention a few.
My first collection of Poem 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 and 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). Vanapechi has been awarded Aelathi Illakia Virudhu, 2008 and Tirupoor Tamil Sanga Virudhu, 2009.
Two Doctorate Theses have been submitted on my works in various universities.
Six M.Phil. Theses have been submitted on my works in various universities