Tho. Paramasivan (Tamil: தொ. பரமசிவன்; 1950 – 24 December 2020), often known as Tho Pa, was an Indian Tamil anthropologist, writer, folklorist, archeologist and professor. He was the first graduate in his family. He grew up to serve as a professor of Tamil at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, simultaneously pursuing a writer’s career.
Fondly called as ‘Tho Pa’, he has written more than 15 books which focus on the historical, archaeological and anthropological aspects of Tamil society. His works also dwell a lot on folklore. One of his finest work in this area is Alagar Koil. The book, which was out of print for nearly 30 years, has been recently re-published by the Madurai Kamarajar University. He died in 2020, with his death being consoled by various important figures