Tiruppur Kumaram was born as the first son of Nachimuthu Mudaliyar – Karuppayi on 4.10.1904 in Chennimalai. His original name is Kumarasamy. He had his school education upto Vth std due to poverty in family and continued his family occupation Handloom weaving.
He married Ramaaye in 1923 at the age of 19. He also worked as a assistant in spinning mill due to poverty. Kumaran being inspired by the principles of Gandhiji, involved himself in all the freedom struggle demonstrations announced by Gandhiji.
The British Government arrested Gandhiji in 04.01.1932, Tirupur Kumaran was killed during Lathi charge when he was on a Patriotic March led by Thyagi P.S. Sundaram in the in the Kumaran Road against the British without letting down the Flag of the Indian Nationalists which had been banned by the British.
Kumaran is reversed as a martyr in Tamil Nadu and is known by the epithet Kodikatha Kumaran – who saved the flag since he gave his life defending the congress flag. It still remains as a great inspiration to the people of the city. He attained martyrdom on 11.01.1932.
A Commomerative stamp with his portrait was issued in 2007 by the Central Government.
Tiruppur Kumaran memorial was constructed at a cost of Rs.4.80 lakh and inaugurated on 07.04.1991 in commomeration of Tiruppur Kumaran in Tiruppur Kumaran Salai near Railway Station, Tiruppur.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Selvi J Jayalalithaa in 14th September 2015, ordered that 4th October, the birthday of Tiruppur Kumaran will be celebrated at Tiruppur District as Government functions is honour of his service.