4 Jul 2010

FDC from India: Veluthampi

Veluthampi Dalawa, was born in Thalakkulam village, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu on 6th May 1765. His mother tongue was Malayalam but he was proficient in English, Tamil and Sanskrit. An expert in Ayurveda, Astrology, Tharka Sastra and Mathematics, was also adept in the practice of "Kalaripayattu", the material art of Kerala.

On 29th March,1809 when the British Military surrounded the place of Mannady, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, he refused to surrender, chossing instead to commit suicide, the death of a hero and martyr in India's Freedom Struggle.

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