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Archaeologist Thiru R. Nagaswamy Passed Away


  • Renowned archaeologist, historian, and epigraphist Ramachandran Nagaswamy has passed away on 23 January 2022.
  • He was known for his work on temple inscriptions and art history of Tamil Nadu.
  • He served as a Director of the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department.
  • He was responsible for protecting several historic monuments like the first-century Chera inscriptions at Pugalur, the palace site of the Imperial Cholas at Gangaikonda Cholapuram, the famous 17th-century Thirumalai Nayak palace at Madurai, the 17th-century Danish Fort at Tranquebar, and the birthplace of poet Subramania Bharati at Ettayapuram besides excavating the palace site of Virapandya Kattabomman at Panchalankurichi.
  • He appeared as an Expert Witness in the London High Court, in the London Nataraja case.
  • He was awarded India's third highest civilian award the Padma Bhushan in 2018.