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Thursday 28 April 2011

The Whispering Dewdrops - Veerapandiya Kattabomman (V) NaPoWriMo poetry

Veerapandiya Kattabomman 
Veerapandiya Kattabomman was born to Jagaveera Kattabomman and Arumugattammal on January 3, 1760.Kattabomman is the pivot of the emerging feeling of Tamil nationhood who fought for India and was finally executed by hanging him unceremoniously on a Tamarind tree in Kayathar (near Thirunelveli)

Kattabomman is recognized by the government as one of the earliest independence fighters opposing the British and has been hailed as the inspiration behind the first battle of independence of 1857, which the British called the Sepoy Mutiny.His story is celebrated in many legends and epic poetry in Tamil.In honor of his bravery , a Memorial fort was constructed ,postal stamps(1799), few transport buses and a Cultural association were named after him.Even a famous Tamil film portraying the life of Veerapandiya Kattabomman was taken by storm by a great actor of our times Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan.

A folk dance "Devarattam" in Tamil Nadu is persevered by the descendants of Veerapandiya Kattabomman to denote victory in the battle.


Full nameVeemaraja Jagaveera Pandiya Kattabomman

I am now going to use these rhyming ends given by NaPoWriMo's prompt to write a short epic poem about this great warrior-" rage,doom, age, tomb , sighs, breast, thighs, west, mad, blues, plaid, shoes, fail, mail"and write a Bout-rimes MEANING I write  a sort of poetic parlor game ,like  you write a poem using the rhyming end words from another poem. I was hesitating to post my poems for the last few days because of copyright infringement that I faced with a particular site .But if that one stops me from writing and also stopping my growth ,I am losing my precious visitors who come to my blog.There are many poems ,more than 100 for him to chose from ,so I took a brave decision to write again till the end of A to Z challenge and NaPoWriMo.Hope he understands my plight and leave me alone to write freely without problems

That special steady walk he owns in rage 
Reddish yellow fire burning even at this age
Furious of being one among the doomed 
In defense for his people ,he stood like a tomb
He never let his heart down which made his enemy sigh
Preserving a walk of bravery with his strong thigh
He always has his straight shoulder and upright breast
And eyes boiling in anger seeing the torments of the west
"I'm Veerapandiya Kattabomman", his roar drives one mad
That makes the battle steam up ,a tartan plaid
Even with the tortures he faced,he never fell at their shoes
Finally being executed by hanging made all his followers blue
Tragic ending , yet he was one among the freedom fighters to mail
Spreading the message of bravery for their own rights without fail
-  @Copyright -Umamaheswari Anandane
VeerapandiyaKattabomman Statue


  1. smiles,

    you have captured his character in your own style.

  2. Felt like a long story, condensed.

  3. very nice, i really like the rhyme scheme and the bit of history, it is an intriguing tale...thanks for playing along at friday poetically and i hope

  4. what a tale and a tragic end ...thanks for sharing

  5. I find some of the longer Indian names challenging to pronounce, but they're so musical!

    (In America, they'd all have nick-names like my friend Amandeep, whom I called "Deep" for short)

    Nice to find your blog. I'll be back! :)

  6. I'm always up for learning and being entertained and inspired by great poetry. Super word choices.

  7. Even his name is poetic, as is yours.