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Renowned Tamil poet Abdul Rahman passed away on Friday in Tamil Nadu. He was 80 at the time of his death.

Known as Kaviko (Emporer of Poets), Rahman received many laurels for his works spanning several decades.

He was also felicitated with titles such as Kalaimamani and was the recipient of Bharathidasan award (1989), Sahitya Akademi Award, Kamban Kazhagam’s Kambar award (2007), Podhigai TV’s Pothigai award (2007), S. P. Adithanar Literary award (2007), and Umaru Pulavar award (2008).

He was born in Madurai in 1937. He was also a professor of Tamil for 29 years at Islamiah College, Vaniyambadi. He was also part of the Vanambadi literary movement.

In 1999, his poetry collection Aalapanai won the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil. In 2009, he was made the chairman of the Wakf board of Tamil Nadu. He is also a member of the Tamil Language Promotion Board of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil.

His notable works include Aalapanai, Paal veedhi, Neyar viruppam, Pithan, Suttu viral, and Velangugal illa kavithaigal