Legendary Tamil writer Jayakanthan passes away

Legendary Tamil writer Jayakanthan passed away on 8 April 2015 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 81.

He was known for charting a new course in Tamil literature with his bold and progressive works.

About Jayakanthan

  • Jayakanthan was born on 24 April, 1934 in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. He was famously known as JK among novelists and literary enthusiasts.
  • Apart from being novelist, he was also journalist, essayist, pamphleteer, filmmaker and critic.
  • In his entire career, he had written around 40 novels and 200 short stories. His work mostly highlighted social injustices and economic inequality.
  • Jayakanthan’s novels Cinemavukku Pona Chithalu, Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal, Oru Nadigai Nadagam Paarkiral and Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan were adapted into films.
  • He was also associated with undivided Communist Party of India (CPI).
  • He was founder of the Indo-Russian Cultural and Friendship Society.
  • Awards- Sahitya Akademi Award (1972) for his Tamil novel Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal, Jnanpith Award (2002), Padma Bhushan (2009).
  • Russian government had conferred Order of Friendship (2011) on him for his translation works of Russian novelist Pushkin.

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