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Bharati Dasan

Bharati Dasan (1891-1964) was a prolific poet, playwright, lyricist and screenplay writer.  <more>


C.S. Chellappa (b. 1912) is one of the most prominent modern short story writers in Tamil. Vadivasal (1959) is one of Chellappa's famous novelettes.  <more>

Durai Manickam

Durai Manickam is one of the important modern Tamil poets, who is credited with prolific works like Aiyai, Nurasiriyam, Koyyakkani, Ensuvai Enbatu and Paviyakkottu.  <more>

Ilanko Adigal

Ilanko Adigal was the 9th century Tamil poet who composed the five great epics of ancient Tamil literature: Chilappatikaram.  <more>

Indira Parthasarathy

Indira Parthasarathy (b. 1930) is one of the brilliant writers of modern fiction in Tamil. He has written over fifteen novels.   <more>


Regarded as Tamil's first post-modernist writer, Jayamohan shot to fame with his novel Vishnupuranam. His other notable works include Rubber and Pinthudarum Nizhalin Kural.   <more>


Kamban was the greatest of the court poets of Kulottunga Chola III (1178-1218 AD). He adapted Valmiki's Ramayana in Tamil in his Ramakatai or Kamba Ramayanam.   <more>

Mayuram Vedanayakam Pillai

Mayuram Vedanayakam Pillai (1826-1889) was a gifted composer of Tamil lyrics and was the pioneer of Tamil novel.  <more>


M.Varadarajan (1912-1974) experimented with several new techniques in Tamil novels. His famous works include Perra Manam (1953), Karittundu (1953), Ahalvilakku, Sentamarai and Mankudisai.  <more>

Rajam Krishnan

Rajam Krishnan (b. 1925) is an eminent female Tamil novelist, whose important works include Verukku Nir (1972) that won her the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1973.  <more>


R. Krishnamurthi 'Kalki' (1899-1954) is regarded as one of the pioneers of Tamil novel, who popularised novel by dealing with social and contemporary issues like emancipation of Harijans  <more>


R. Shanmugasundaram (1918-77) belonged to the Manikkodi group of writers who ushered in the modern era in Tamil fiction. Shanmugasundaram distinguished himself as a novelist.  <more>


Sa. Kandasamy (b. 1940) belongs to that brand of young Tamil writers who believe in experimentation to achieve novelty and perfection in writing.  <more>

Subramania Bharati

Subramanya Bharati (1882-1921) was one of the greatest of Tamil litterateurs of the modern times. He is renowned for his patriotic and devotional songs and intense prose writings  <more>



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