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8.T.N. Seshagopalan - Carnatic Singer :
T. N. Seshagopalan

T. N. Seshagopalan, famous Carnatic Singer was born in Nagapattinam in the year 1948. He completed his degree in music in Madurai university and served as a professor in the university. He had staged his performance at countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Bahrain,  Sri Lanka and United States of America. He is called as musical genius and is noted for his own elegant ,devotional Bhajans, Namavalis, Thillana compositions and Abhangs. He received his Padmapushan in 2004 and Sangeetha Kalanidhi award from the Musical Academy in 2006.

9. N. M. R. Subbaraman –“Madurai Gandhi”:
N. M. R. Subbaraman

Subbaraman, who is popularly called as Madurai Gandhi was born in the year 1905 in Madurai. He was a passionate follower of Mahatma Gandhi and he sacrificed his studies abroad and joined freedom struggle. He participated in all the Satyagraha Movements and was imprisoned for five years. He has held the position of Chairman of the Madurai Municipality and was elected member for Loksabha. He has worked towards uplifting the lives of Harijans. He took a great part in establishing the first Gandhi Museum in the country at Madurai.

10. Madurai N.  Krishnan – Vocalist :
Madurai N. Krishnan

Madurai N. Krishnan is one among the famous personalities born in a family with good musical background. He was trained in Classical music vocal under Sangita Kalanidhi Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar for seventeen long years. He is an excellent bharatanatyam performer and composer who have improved bharatanatyam with his Varnas, Padas, Jatiswarams and Javalis. He was honored by the Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram of Tamil Nadu in the year 1982 and was awarded the Sangita Nataka Academy Award for the year 1988.

11. Rukmini Devi Arudale – Bharathanatyam Dancer :

Rukmini Devi was born in an orthodox Brahmin family with a recognizable proclivity for classical music and refined improvement in lifestyle. Her father was involved in the Theosophical Society which was helpful for Rukmini Devi to grow under the influence of Annie Besant. She was an excellent dancer and was later the founder of Kalashetra. She also worked as a cultural ambassador and educationist visiting all over the world. She was called the visionary architect of Indian culture.

12. Solomon Papaiah –Debate specialist:

Solomon Papaiah, one of the famous debate specialists is from Madurai. Young pappiah was passionated by the famous poet Subramania Bharati, and took efforts to join in pattimandrams. He was much interested in Tamil literature, which led him and made him popular in the field. He is there in this field for 44 years and after years of hard work, he has become the Master moderator for pattimandrams. He has strong oratorical skills which inspires youngsters. His topics include social related issues and would discuss on finding solutions. His work is remarkable in imbibing criticism in pattimandrams in a constructive way.

13. Madurai R Sundar – Carnatic Singer:
Madurai R.Sundar was born in a family where carnatic music is the part of every day life. Both, his father and mother are veterans in carnatic music. R.Sundar had his aunt Smt. Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan as his first guru. Right from his early childhood, Smt. Ananthalakshmi, the reputed concert musician taught him the initial musical lessons and some Keerthanas. After being trained by her, his musical knowledge increased under the tutelage of famous musician Sri T.N.Seshagopalan.
That was the turning point in his life and after that on attending several competitions he became a confident and professional vocalist in carnatic music. His distinct resonant voice has attracted fans and listeners all over the world. For his rich voice, Madurai R.Sundar has secured several awards and prizes. R.Sundar is also an A- graded artiste of The All-India Radio. Along with his wife Smt. Padma, he runs a Music School in the name ‘The Trinity Academy of Fine Arts’ in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
14. Augustus De Morgan – Mathematician:

Augustus De Morgan was born in Madurai and emerged as a British Mathematician and logician. He formulated DeMorgan’s laws. He was born in Madurai, but as a small baby, while he was 7 months old his family moved to England. Young Augustus was much interested in Mathematics and in his initial stages, he served as a professor in London University. He was the first president of London Mathematical Society. He was fond of writing and had a collection which would form a small library. He discovered relational algebra. Adding to his laurels, the student society of the Mathematics Department of  University College London is called the August De Morgan Society.

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