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Peer Mohammad

Madurai, Tamil Nadu

November 21, 2022 to November 21, 2023

Peer Mohammad was popularly known as Cumbum Pavalar. Born in 1888 at Kambam near Madurai, Peer Mohammad was posted as a Sub-Inspector of Police in Andipatti. The Non-Cooperation Movement launched by Gandhiji in 1920 inspired Peer Mohammad. As a result, he resigned from his police job. In 1942, he participated in the satyagraha. Inspired by Gandhian ideals, he published a work entitled Gandhi Maaligai. This work of Peer Mohammad highlighted the importance and greatness of Gandhian principles. Gandhi Maaligai contained songs on Hindu-Muslim unity and the Congress movement. Further, there were songs by Hakim Ajmal Khan, Pandit Motilal Nehru, C. R. Das, C. Rajagopalachari, and Mattaparai Venkatramaier. Peer Mohammad’s songs on nationalists became very popular. His work, Paa Manchari, contained songs about nationalists.