Thiripurasundari was born in Thottiyam in Ammapettai near Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. Her parents were Dr. Srinivasan and Pattammal (Sivakami). She was schooled at Thottiyam, Musiri and Holy Cross School, Trichy. She studied in Stanley Medical College and became a medical doctor. She began publishing short stories in Ananda Vikatan while still at college. She used "Lakshmi" as her pseudonym. Her first short story to be published was Thagunda thandanaya? (lit. An apt punishment?). Her first novel to be published was Bhavani. After completing her medical education, she practiced at Chennai. She married Kannabiran in 1955 and moved to South Africa, where she lived for the next twenty two years. Her husband died in 1966. She returned to India in 1977 and took up full time writing. She died in 1987.
Thiripurasundari was a prolific writer who has published hundreds of short stories and novels. Her novels Penn manam and Mithila Vilas were awarded the Tamil Valarchi Kazhagam price. In 1984, she was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for her novel Oru Kaveriyai pola(lit. Like the river Kaveri). Her Kanchanaiyin Kanavu and Penn Manam were made into Tamil films - Kanchana(1952) and Iruvar Ullam (1963). Most of her works were based on family issues.
Awards and recognitions
- Tamil Valarchi Kazhagam award for Penn manam and Mithila Vilas
- Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil in 1984
- "Lakshmi Obituary". Ananda Vikatan. 25 January 1987.
- Tamil Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007 Sahitya Akademi Official website.
- "தமிழக ரசிகர்களை நடனத்தால் கவர்ந்த திருவாங்கூர் சகோதரிகள் லலிதா, பத்மினி, ராகினி". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
- Madhu Sa. Vimalanandham. Tamil Ilakkiya Varalaaru (in Tamil).
- "பெண் எழுத்தாளர்கள்". Tamil Virtual University (in Tamil). Retrieved 15 June 2010.
- "Legal heirs of 5 Tamil writers decline offer". The New Indian Express. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2010.