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Native name Tamil: தாமரை
Born November 10
Tamil Nadu
Occupation Poet, lyricist, writer, journalist
Period 1997–present
Spouse Thozhar Thiyagu[1]

Thamarai is a Tamil poet, lyricist, writer and former journalist. She is best known for writing lyrics for Tamil-language films, often even in chaste Tamil.[clarification needed]

Personal life

Thamarai is married to Thozhar Thiyagu. They have a son.[1]


Thamarai graduated Production Engineering from GCT, Coimbatore and worked for six years in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, where she hails from, before she, due to her passion for poetry, decided to move to Chennai, where she worked as a freelance journalist and wrote essays, stories and poems. Through her literary works, she became popular and got noticed, she happened to enter the Tamil film industry and got the opportunity to write lyrics for film songs. Director Seeman assigned her as a lyricist for the song "Thendral Enthan" for his Tamil film Iniyavale.[2] Subsequently, wrote lyrics for films like Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen ("Malligai Poove"), Thenali ("Injirango Injirango"), where she even worked together with music director Harris Jayaraj in Minnale and the song ("Vaseegara"), which is said to be the turning point and the peak in her career.

After Minnale, the trio, composed of director Gautham Menon and music director Harris Jayaraj teamed up several times again (Kaakha Kaakha, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, Pachaikili Muthucharam & Vaaranam Aayiram) and were a very successful collaboration in the film field, until the break-up between Menon and Jayaraj happened. Since then, she is teaming up with A. R. Rahman, who replaced Jayaraj. Gautham Menon , Harris Jayaraj and Thamarai trio teamed up again in July 2014 for Ajith Kumar starrer Yennai Arindhaal... The film's album was released on 1 January 2015, and it was well received by critics.[3][4] She wrote" Neeraambal Poovae" from the movie Nannbenda, where she again works for Harris Jayaraj. The song is sung by Arjun Menon. Her recent song "Thalli Pogathe" hit like a storm among the youth. Also, her other song, from the same album Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada starting as "Rasaali" is also getting positive reviews.




Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Vijay Awards
Other awards and recognition


  1. ^ a b "ഭർത്താവിന്റെ പാർട്ടി ഓഫീസിന് മുന്നിൽ നിരാഹാര സമരവുമായി തമിഴ് ഗാനരചയിതാവ് താമരൈ; വീട്ട..." 
  2. ^ "Kavignar Thaamarai". Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Behindwoods - Yennai Arindhaal Music Review". 
  4. ^ "Sify Review". 

External links

  • Kavignar Thamarai's short Tamil poems
  • Thamarai's songs at
  • Thamarai – Kavi Samurai at
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