V.Ramalingam Pillai. popularly known as Namakkal Kavingnar, was born on 10th October 1888 in Mohanur, Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu. His painting won the Gold medal in the painting exhibition conducted in Delhi on the occasion of the crowning ceremony of King George V in the year 1912.
He is well known for his poems about Independence. He wrote hundreds of poems with patriotic fervor. He also participated in Salt Satyagraha against British Government in 1932 and was imprisoned. He won the favour of Bharathiyar by his songs.
The famous poem “f¤Âæ‹¿ u¤jä‹¿ Í¤jbkh‹W tUFJ r¤Âa¤Â‹ ã¤Âa¤ij e«ò« ahU« nrUÅ®...” was written by Namakkal Kavingnar while he participated in Salt Satyagraha along with Rajaji. He was the poet Laureate of the Government of Tamil Nadu for five years.
He was awarded “Padmabhushan” in 1970. He wrote his Autobiography “My Story” (En Kathai). He wrote the story “He and She” (Avanum Avalum) as a poem. He breathed his last in 24.08.1972.
Namakkal Kavingnar Ramalingam Pillai Memorial was constructed at a cost of Rs.1.55 lakh in Kavingnar Ramalingam street, Namakkal district and opened on 21.01.2000.