Sandilyan was an Indian novel, newspaper and screenplay writer who wrote Tamil historical fictions. He was born on 10th November 1910 in Thirukovilur, Tamil Nadu. He is known for historical adventure romance novels, which were set during the reign of the Chola and Pandya kingdoms. Sandilyan’s original name was Bhashyam Iyengar.

He was the son of Ramanujam Iyengar and Poongovilvalli. In 1929, he married Ranganayaki with whom he had children named Sadagopan and Padma. His family hailed from the Thiruindalur village close to Mayiladuthurai. He attended school at the Chennai Pachaiyappa’s School and the Saidapet Model School. He attended college at the Thiruchirappalli St. Joseph’s College.

When the Independence fighter C. Rajagopalachari visited St. Joseph’s, Sandilyan was inspired by Rajagopalachari to take part in the Indian Independence Movement. He joined the Indian National Congress. After graduating from college, Sandilyan moved to T. Nagar in the 1930’s where he met and befriended the writers Kalki Krishnamurthy and V. Swaminatha Sharma. They encouraged Sandilyan to pursue a career in writing.

When Sandaliyan penned his first short story Shantha Seelan, Kalki was impressed and published more of Sandilyan’s short stories like Kannammavin Kadhai and Adhirshtam in the Ananda Vikatan magazine. Encouraged by his success, Sandilyan took formal Tamil lessons from Pt. Thirukanapuram Srinivachariar.

Then he wrote Tamil short stories for the weekly magazine Sudesamithran, where he was also a reporter from 1935 to 1942. Then he joined the English daily Hindustan Times as a sub-editor. While working at the Hindustan Times, Sandilyan befriended filmmakers B. N. Reddy and Chittor V. Nagaiah, who introduced him to the film industry. Sandilyan co-wrote the screenplays of Tamil movies like Swarga Seema in 1945 and En Veedu in 1953. He wrote a book about his cinema experience titled Cinema Valrnadha Kadhai in 1985 and produced a documentary called Birth Of A Newspaper.

Sandilyan left the Hindustan Times to work at Sudesamithran again and began writing full-length novels. Some of his earliest historical novels included Amudhasurabi, Paalaivanathu Pushpam and Sandha Deepam. Kumudam, a weekly Tamil magazine, serialized some of Sandilyan’s most famous works. Sandilyan was one of the few Tamil writers to get monthly salary from the magazine. He left Kumudam to start a weekly magazine called Kamalam which did not run well. Vanadhi Phadippagam published Sandilyan’s historical novels in book format.

Sandilyan’s works remain popular even after his demise. The Tamil Nadu government announced the nationalization of Sandilyan and 28 other Tamil writers’ works with compensation to the legal heirs, but Sandaliyan’s legal heirs declined the notion and offer.

Vannadhasan Tamil Actor

Vannadhasan

Vannadhasan is the pen name used by the renowned Tamil writer Siva Kalyana Sundaram. He also uses the pseudonym Kalyanji while writing poems. He was born in 1946 in Tirunelveli to the famous Tamil writer Thi. Ka. Sivasankaran. His father was the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2000 for his literary criticism Vimarsanangal Mathippuraikal Pettikal. He started his career as a writer in 1962 for the Tamil Magazine “Deepam.” He published his first book in 1976 called Kalaikka Mudiyaatha Oppanaigal (Irreplaceable Make-Up). In 1978, his book Thottathukku Veliyilum Sila Pookkal (Some Flowers outside the garden), a collection of eleven short stories, was published by Sandhya Publication. In 1983, he published the book Samaveli (The Plains) highlighting the importance of the thirst for minor experiences, and in 1985 Peyar Theriyamal Oru Paravai (A Bird without the Name Unknown) was published under Sandhya Publications. Five years later, his book Manusha Manusha became the best-seller in Tamil literary circles. In 1992, he published Kanivu (Kindness or Warmth), and his 1996 publication Nadugai (Planting) received brilliant reviews. In 1998, he wrote Uyara Parathal (High Altitude) published by Vikatan Publishing House. In 2000, he wrote Krishnan Vaitha Veedu (Krishnan’s House). In 2010, his book Oliyile Therivadhu (Visible in Light) was published for which he received the Sujatha Award in 2011. In 2013, his collection of short stories Oru Siru Isai was published for which he received the Sahitya Akademi Award Tamil in 2016, following his father’s legacy. He also won the Vishnupuram Literary Award in the same year. He has won various other awards for his work like Kalaimamani State Award, Illakiya Sinthanai Award, Pavalar Award, and Sirpi Award. Some of the translations of his poems into English can be found in Jayanthasri Balakrishnan’s blog. He has a unique and natural sense of writing and his style of writing is greatly appreciated by the critics. The Director of the National Folklore Support Centre M. D Muthukumarswamy aptly says that he gives tremendous attention to details even when writing about minor incidents and ordinary people. He tries to give every one of his characters something unique and yet keeping these characters deeply connected to the ground reality. The underlying themes of nostalgia in his stories as well as poems led people to discount him as someone who dwells in the past. However, his ability to completely take away the negative from any story soon won him a dedicated and loving fan base. The aesthetic of his writings is mainly derived from the way he distances himself and observes and analyzes the psyche of his characters.

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S. Venkatesan

S Venkatesan is a tamil writer who wrote only one book. The author was successful in winning several awards for this book. The renowned writer belongs to the state of tamil nadu. His mother tongue is telegu. He did his schooling from muthu thevar mukkulathor higher secondary school in thiruparankundram which is located at a short distance from madurai. He took admission in mannar thirumalai naicker college in pasumalai in 1988 where he started pursuing his graduation in b.com. Venkatesan completed his education in 1991, but during his college life of three years he won around 200 awards. He was one of the excellent orators and writers. Venkatesan published his only novel kavalkottam in 2008. The writer says that he spent ten years to complete this novel. The novel consists of 1048 pages and it talks about the 600 years of madurai’s history between the period of 1310 and 1920. The book talks about the security system that prevailed in the madurai fort. All the women characters in this novel are strong characters. The author also talks about the construction of mullaperiyar dam in this novel. People of an imaginary village, thathanoor were responsible for the security of the village in this book. He received the sahitya akademi award for tamil in 2011 for this novel. Aravaan is a film which is based on this novel. The book was also awarded with fiction award from tamil literacy garden, canada in 2010. Venkatesan is a part of the communist party of india (marxist) {cpm}. He took part in the tamil nadu legislative assembly elections from thirupparankundram constituency in 2006, but was not fortunate enough to win the elections. He feels that his association with the party helped him in writing the novel. Venkatesan is also the general secretary of tamil nadu progressive writers and artists association. His wife’s name is kamala and the couple has two daughters- yazhini and tamizhini.

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S. Venkatesan Tamil Actor