Professor Karthigesu Sivathamby (May 10, 1932 – July 6, 2011) born in Karaveddy, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Well versed in Tamil, English, and Sinhala, Professor Sivathamby started as a teacher, went through Simultaneous translator of the Parliament rose up to be guest professor of Universities of Upsala, Madras, Tanjavur and Malasia.
He was an emeritus professor of University of Jaffna. He received his Ph.D. (Drama in Ancient Tamil Society) from the University of Birmingham in 1970.
It is an accepted fact that the void left in the literature has not been filled so far. His contributions in Sangam Literature, Devotional Literature, Modern Literature, Humanism, Modern approach to Tamil Literature, Criticism, Tamil Theater, The civilization, political history communication of ancient Tamils, Tamil cinema, Tamil Poetry, Methods to teach Tamil, Social history, are far reaching and could be termed ‘unprecedented’.
He had written and published more than 70 books and monographs and presented and published 200 papers at international seminars and journals on Sri Lankan Tamil history and literature. He was awarded Thiru V. Kalyanasundaram Award by the government of Tamil Nadu in India in recognition of his services to Tamil language.