Padmashri Dr. Avvai Natarajan

Dr. AVVAI NATARAJAN, M.A., M.Litt., Ph.D., is an outstanding figure in the literary, artistic and cultural scene of state of Tamil Nadu today. Wherever Tamil speaking people reside he is regarded as a genuine representative of Tamil Culture and Education. He has a distinguished career, having served in the faculties of notable institutions of higher learning for more than two decades. Avvai Natarajan is an accomplished man of letters with several publications and awards to his credit.

Avvai Natarajan is an Indian scholar, educationist and the former Vice-Chancellor of Thanjavur Tamil University. The Government of India honored Natarajan in 2011, with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri.

Avvai Natarajan, hailing from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is a former secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu in the Department of Tamil Language Development and Culture. Holder of an M.Litt and a doctoral degree (PhD) in Tamil literature, Natarajan has also worked as the Vice Chancellor of Tamil University, Thanjavur. He is a member of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil, an institute established by the Government of India for propagation of classical Tamil language and culture.

He also sits in the advisory councils of Sattakadir and the Madras Development Society.[9] He has delivered keynote addresses in many seminars and holds the chair of the selection committee of the Aram Award. In 2011, the Government of India honoured him with the civilian award of Padma Shri, honoring his contributions towards Tamil language and culture.