Legendary Tamil writer Jayakanthan died


Legendary Tamil writer Jayakanthan was the Tamil novelist, short story writer and literary critic passed way in Chennai on 8 April 2015 in the age of 81 years and he is survived now by wife, two daughters and a son. Jayakanthan was born on 24 April, 1934 in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. He was famously known as JK among novelists and literary enthusiasts.

In 1953, Jayakanthan started writing in Tamil magazines such as Saraswathi, Thamarai, Grama Uzhiyan and Anantha Vikatan and went on to author about 40 novels and novellas along with several short stories, poems, and articles.

In 1972, Jayakanthan was received Sahitya Akademi Award and Jnanpith in 2002 and Padma Bhushan in 2009 and he always dedicated to focus on writing in against social injustices and economic inequality in the society.

He had written his autobiographies. These are-

  • Oru Ilakkiyavathiyin Arasiyal Anubavangal
  • Oru Arasiyalvathiyin Ilakkiya Anubavanga
  • Some of his novels were adapted as films and they were Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal, Oru Nadigai Nadagam Paarkiral, Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan, Cinemavukku Pona Chithalu, Unnaipol Oruva and Ooruku Nooruper.

Awards and honors conferred on him

In 1996, he receivedFellow of Sahitya Akademi

In 2011, Russia announced Order of Friendship for him

Soviet Land Nehru Award (1978)

Raja Rajan Award (1986)

The Tamil Nadu Government Award (1986)

Jayakanthan, known as JK among his friends, himself experimented with film-making and directed films like Yarukkaka Azhudhaan, Unnai Pol Oruvan and Paathai Theiryuthu Paar.

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

- Published/Last Modified on: April 13, 2015