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.

Bhaskar Sakthi Tamil Actor

Bhaskar Sakthi

Bhaskar Sakthi is a renowned dialogue writer in Tamil movies. Most of his films had punch dialogues and were family entertainers. His dialogues in the movie were lengthy ones. His roles are versatile ranging from comedy, character, and sentiments. Plus, his films have melodrama that is often well enacted by lead actors. That is the only reason why his movies are always winning in Kollywood. Based on the story, direction and screenplay of Thirumurugan, 'Em Magan' (2006) was a movie that had dialogues by Bhaskar Sakthi. Remember the dialogues of the movie penned by Bhaskar Sakthi for an actor like Nassar and Saranya? Without good dialogues, can anybody praise the performance of the lead actors? Later on, he got much gravity for his work in other Kollywood movies. Bhaskar Sakthi has also written the dialogues of Vikram’s Rajapattai, Vishnu’s  Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, and Bharath starrer Em Magan. He also wrote for Vishal starrer ‘Pandiya Naadu,’ Karthi starrer ‘Naan Mahaan Alla.’ This writer disliked the idea of writing dialogues or even story for lengthy serials. He first wanted to write dialogues for those serials which had limited number of episodes. He used to plan for the right script in the TV series. He is well known for TV soaps like Metti Oli ( Sun TV) and Kolangal fame series ( Sun TV) those aired on private Tamil language TV channel. Bhaskar Sakthi has also maintained his career in a smooth flow by writing books and evolved himself as a true writer in Tamil literature. In the earlier days, Bhaskar Sakthi worked in two Suseenthiran's movies, and they include Vikram starrer Rajapattai (2011) and Vishnu Vishal starrer Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (2009). For  Kabbadi, the story was written by Suseenthiran, and for Vikram starrer movie, it was a story was based on a tale by Seenu Vasan. While Rajapattai (Vikram movie) was watchable for its enriched production values, the film did more magic on songs than its dialogues. But it was the Kabbadi movie that was much better known for its screenplay and even dialogues. The film scored well for the insults and pains the player go through the movie. In the year 2011, Bhaskar Sakthi wrote the story & dialogue for the movie 'Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai' which was again directed by Suseenthiran. This film received positive reviews. This film was a charming rural tale with engaging dialogues, and it maintained the flow of the movie in an easy going and heartwarming manner which made the film more realistic one. It was not only a brilliant movie of Suseenthiran. Because the story was unconventional and had several plots. The dialogues were "good" that deserved a thorough viewing because such films were far and few to find in Kollywood. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. In the year 2013, director and writer made another movie 'Pandiya Naadu' which was produced by actor Vishal and had the screenplay written by Vishal himself. This film had dialogues by Bhaskar Sakthi. In this movie, Vishal and Lakshmi Menon worked together. This film was also an off-beat movie and enjoyed a huge applause from the critics. It had a great script, well-written dialogues, feet-tapping music and excellent performances, it was a good revenge drama supported by taut narration and wonderful dialogues and performances. The film was a winner because of Suseenthiran’s craft in direction.



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.

Sandilyan Tamil Actor