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Tamil Vanniyars Caste Actors | List Of Vanniyars Caste Actors


Tamil Vanniyars Caste Actors | List Of Vanniyars Caste Actors

Tamil Vanniyars Caste Actors | List Of Vanniyars Caste Actors : The Vanniyar, who were once known as the Palli, are a community or jāti found in Southern India.


Several etymologies for Vanniyar have been suggested, including the Sanskrit vahni , the Dravidian val , or the Sanskrit or Pali vana .


Traditionally most Vanniyars are agricultural labourers. Increasingly however, they are benefiting from political influence and organisation and they now own 50 per cent of the lands of the traditional landowners. The Vanniyars who previously were of the Backward Class category, were now designated as a Most Backward Caste after successful agitations by them in the 1980s. The reason for the agitation and subsequent re-classification was to avail more government benefits for the community.


Tamil Vanniyars Caste Actors | List Of Vanniyars Caste Actors

  1. Thangar Bachchan, Cinematographer turned director and actor in movies.
  2. Pushpavanam Kuppuswamy, renowned Tamil Folk Singer.
  3. Chinna Ponnuswamy Padayachi, theatrical Actor and Guru of Sivaji Ganesan.
  4. Kali.N.Rathnam, Actor and Guru of M.G.R.
  5. Janakaraj, Actor.
  6. Vadivukkarasi, Actress.
  7. Marumalarchi Bharathi, Cinema Director.
  8. Rajakumaran, Cinema Director (Actress Devayani’s husband).

Tamil Vanniyars Caste Kings/Rulers :

  • Sambuvaraya Kings
  • Koperunchingan Kings
  • Pallavas
  • Vannia Cholas
  • Chieftains of udayarpalayam, Siva Giri, pitch avaram etc
  • Adhiyaman King

Tamil Vanniyars Caste Politicians

  1. Mr.J.GURU, LEADER vanniyar sangam
  2. M r. S.S. Ramasamy Padayachi, Former Minister TN Government, leader Tamilnadu Toilers Party.
  3. Mr. Vazhapadi K.Ramamurthy,Ex MP, TNCC President and Union Minister.
  4. Mr. N. Rangaswamy, Chief Minister of Pondicherry, India.
  5. Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare.
  6. Mr. R Velu,IAS, Union Minister of State for Railways, MP Arrakonam.
  7. Mr. S. Jagathratchagan, Educationalist and Industrialist, Former MP Arakkonam.
  8. Mr. (Late) Thellur M. Dharumarasan, Journalist, Film maker, Lyricist, President, Tamil Nadu national
  9. agriculturalist forum.
  10. Mr. Kaaduvetti J Guru, Vanniyar Sangam Leader, Ex MLA Andimadam.
  11. Mr. Veerapandi S Arumugam, Agriculture Minister of Tamil Nadu, MLA Veerapandi.
  12. Mr. Durai Murugan, TN Minister for Public Works. Tamil Nadu, MLA Katpadi.
  13. Mr. V.C.Govindasamy Ex.M.L.A Kaveripattinam
  14. Mr. R.Chinnasamy Ex.M.L.A and Former District Secretary,Dharmapuri DMK
  15. Mr. Krishnasamy, Tamil Nadu EX-Congress Committee President.
  16. Dr. M.Latchumanan, Puducherry Founder, Marumalarchi Vanniar Sangam & Vazhapadiar Desaya Peravai.
  17. Mr. A.K. Natarajan, Founder Vanniar Sangam.
  18. Mr. Vazhapadi Rama Suganthan, Congress leader & Managing

Historical status

Researcher Lloyd I. Rudolph notes that as early as in 1833, the Vanniyar, who were then known as Pallis, had ceased to accept their “low caste” status, more specifically described as that of shudra by Christophe Jaffrelot and Kathleen Gough. They tried to get an order in Pondicherry that by descent they were not a low agricultural caste. In preparation for the 1871 Indian census they petitioned to be recognised as being of the kshatriya (warrior) varna of Hindu society. By 1931, due to their successful politicking (a process known as sanskritisation), the term Palli was removed from the Madras census, with the term Vanniya Kula Kshatriya appearing instead.

The Pallis formed a number of caste organisations using their preferred name, with the Vanniyakula Kshatriya Maha Sangam appearing in Madras in 1888.


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