Udumalai Narayana Kavi was a famous Playwright and Song Lyricist for Tamil cinema. He symbolized his identity as a Poet by the pseudonym Narayana Kavi by writing several nationalistic and rational songs.
He wrote songs films penned by Annadurai including Velaikkari, Ori iravu, Nallathambi and films penned by M.Karunanidhi including Parasakthi, Manohara, Prabhavathy, Cauvery, Sorkkavaasal, Thooku thooki, Deivapiravi, Mangalaya paackiam, Chitti, Engal Veetu Mahalakshmi, Ratha Kaneer, Athi Parasakthi and Deva Doss.
Narayanakavi was writing Religions songs initially and later after his friendship with Bharathiyar, started writing songs creating social awareness and propagating rationalist concepts. He was also associated with N.S.Krishnan. He authored about 10,000 songs. He was honest, eloquent and confident. He assumed a Unique place in Film Industry.
In respect for his contribution to Tamil and its people, the Government of Tamil Nadu has erected a memorial at a cost of Rs.20.50 lakhs in Udumalaipettai and opened it on 23.02.2001.