The post, created by the former Chief Minister Dr MGR, was first occupied by Kaviyarasu Kannadasan in 1978 (till his death) and Pulavar Pulamaipithan and then it was offered to Kavignar Muthulingam. Since then no one has been appointed as Arasavai Kavingar till the date.
The present CM is said to have decided to have the renowned lyricist cum poet Vairamuthu for this prestigious seat. Vairamuthu, who has written thousands of lyrics for hundreds of films, has also penned number of poems. Apart from the poetry, he has also mastered the art of novel writing.
The five times President Award winner for his best lyrics, Vairamuthu has also received the prestigious Sahitya Academy Award for his novel Kallikkaattu Ithihasam. He was also conferred with the honor of Padma Shri in 2003.