"M.L. Thangappa (b. 1934) was born in Kurumpalapperi, Tirunelveli district, Tamilnadu. Educated at St John’s College, Palayamkottai, he taught Tamil for over twenty-five years in the various colleges of the Puducherry government until his retirement in 1994. He served on the editorial board of the Tamil monthly Thenmoli (1962–67). An accomplished poet, his books in Tamil include Adichuvadukal, Uyirppin Athirvukal, Ethu Valkai? and Nunmaiyai Nokki. His translations from Tamil literature into English range from Sangam poetry and didactic poetry to the songs of St Ramalingam, Subramania Bharati, and Bharatidasan. He has won the Bharatidasan Award (1991) of the Government of Tamilnadu, and the Sirpi Literary Award (2007) for lifetime achievement in poetry. Active in the Tamil language rights movement, he is also a founding member of the Puducherry Ecological Society. His translations from the Tamil classics have appeared in Penguin as Love Stands Alone: Selections from Tamil Sangam Poetry. Thangappa lives with his family in Puducherry."