Profiles of Lyricist

Kavingar Thamarai is the one and only women poet in todays Tamil cinema. All her lyrics add spices to the songs in almost all the latest blockbuster hit movies. Thamarai graduated in Civil Engineering in Government College of Technology, Coimbatore and worked for six years in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, where she hails from, before she, due to her passion for poetry, decided to move to Chennai, where she worked as a freelance journalist and wrote essays, stories and poems.

Through her literary works, she became popular and got noticed, she happened to enter the Tamil film industry and got the opportunity to write lyrics for film songs. Director Seeman assigned her as a lyricist for the song "Thendral Enthan" for his Tamil film Iniyavale.[1] Subsequently, she became famous by writing lyrics for films like Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen ("Malligai Poove"), Thenali ("Injirango Injirango"), where she even worked together with music director Harris Jayaraj in Minnale and the song ("Vaseegara"), which is said to be the turning point and the peak in her career.

After Minnale, the trio, composed of director Gautham Menon and music director Harris Jayaraj teamed up several times again (Kaakha Kaakha, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, Pachaikili Muthucharam & Vaaranam Aayiram) and emerged as one the of the successful collaborations in the film field, until the break-up between Menon and Jayaraj happened. Since then, she is teaming up with A. R. Rahman, who replaced Jayaraj.

Apart from Rahman, Jayaraj and Menon, Thamarai also worked together with other popular and noted film personalities, including music directors Yuvan Shankar Raja (Nandha, Pudhukottayilirundhu Saravanan, Bose, Perazhagan, Kanda Naal Mudhal & Kannamoochi Yenada), James Vasanthan (Subramaniyapuram & Pasanga) and directors Bala, A. R. Murugadoss, V. Priya and Sasikumar. Her latest release, includes two songs in Engeyum Kaadhal.

Awards & Titles

Filmfare Awards South

Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist - Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)

Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist - Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010)

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Lyricist- Thenali (2000)

Vijay Awards

Vijay Award for Best Lyricist - Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)

Other awards and recognition

ITFA Best Lyricist Award - Kaaka Kaaka (2003)

Meera Isaiaruvi Tamil Music Award for Best Lyricist - Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)


Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist - Kaaka Kaaka (2003)

Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist - Ghajini (2005)

Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist - Subramaniapuram (2008)

Vijay Award for Best Lyricist - Pasanga (2009)