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Avvai Natarajan is an Indian scholar, educationist and the former Vice-Chancellor of Thanjavur Tamil University. The Government of India honored Natarajan in 2011, with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri.
Avvai Natarajan, hailing from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is a former secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu in the Department of Tamil Language Development and Culture. Holder of an MLitt and a doctoral degree (PhD) in Tamil literature, Natarajan has also worked as the Vice Chancellor of Tamil University, Thanjavur. He is a member of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil, an institute established by the Government of India for propagation of classical Tamil language and culture. He also sits in the advisory councils of Sattakadir and the Madras Development Society. He has delivered keynote addresses in many seminars and holds the chair of the selection committee of the Aram Award. In 2011, the Government of India honoured him with the civilian award of Padma Shri, honoring his contributions towards Tamil language and culture.