Thyaga Seelar Kakkan was born on 18.06.1909 to (Priest) Poosari Kakkan – Kuppi Ammal in a village called Thumbaipatti in Melur Taluk, Madurai district. He was appreciated for his selfless and honest Public life. He completed his higher secondary education, Trained in Teacher Education ad rendered educational service to students of Adidravidar community.
He married Sornam Parvathy Ammal in the year 1932. Gandhiji who came to Madurai on 27th January 1934, lauded the public service of Kakkan.
In 26.01.1946, he was elected to the constituent Assembly. Kakkan served as a member of the Lok Sabha from 1952 to 1957. He was the President of Congress Party from 1954 to 1957. He won the Assembly elections in 1957 and 1962. Kakkan served as a minister of Public Department, Adidravidar Welfare in the Cabinet of Kamarajar in the year 1957. He became the Minister for Home department in lieu of his hard work and honesty in 1962. He served as the Member of Parliament for 5 years and served in the cabinet of Kamarajar and Bhakthavatchalam in various portfolios. He breathed his last in 23.12.1981.
His birth Anniversary in celebrated annually on 18th June in Thumbaipatti, Melur, Madurai District by the Government of Tamil Nadu.