(Last Updated on : 12-02-2013)
Mmatcicuntaram Pillai was a well known poet from the Tamil country who lived between the periods 1815- 1876. He is considered as one of the greatest Mahavidwan or Pundits of the 19th century. Mmatcicuntaram Pillai was the atinam poet who belonged to the Tiruvavatuturai Mutt. The Tamil poet and scholars were responsible for creating a number of other scholars in Tamil such as U.V. Caminata Iyer. The most noteworthy and important works composed by Mmatcicuntaram Pillai includes Cuppiramaniya Tecikar Nencuvitu Tutu, Tiruvitaimarutur Ula, Vatpokkik Kalampakam, Ampalavana Tecikar Kalampakam, Akilantanayaki Malai, Kutantait Tiripantati, Tiruvitaikkalik Kuravanci Cuta Cahkitai and Murukan Pillaittamil.
The great Tail poet Mmatcicuntaram Pillai also wrote various Talapuranams
like the Vilattottippuranam, Tirupperunturaippuranam Tirukkutantaippuranam, Arrurppurdnam and Uraiyurppurdnam. Most of his compositions are regarded as works on Shaivism
and are full of devotion and dedication. Mmatcicuntaram Pillai was popular and much venerated as a poet who could write verses instantaneously and spontaneously. He composed the largest number of works in Tamil language. He is still popular as a renowned poet even today due to his contributions to Tamil literature, particularly in the form of the minor work of Cekkilar Pillaittamil. The compositions of Mmatcicuntaram Pillai comprised of vivid descriptions, ideas and illustrations that were inspired and loaned from ancient literature.
It is widely believed that the poet Minatcicuntaram Pillai and his disciple Tevaracap Pillai composed the epic Kucelopakkiyanam, which was based on the tale of Kucelar, found in the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The literary work was written in a magnificent style and in the viruttam verse rhythm.