April 27, 1945
|Occupation||writer and critic|
|Notable work(s)||Vaanam Vasapadum|
|Notable award(s)||Sahitya Akademi Award|
Prapanchan was born in Pondicherry and did his schooling there. His birth name was Vaidyalingam. His father ran a toddy shop. He attended the Karandhai College and graduated as a Tamil Vidwan. He started his career as a Tamil teacher in Thanjavur. He also worked as a journalist in Kumudam, Ananda Vikatan and Kungumam. In 1961, he published his first short story Enna ulagamada in the magazine Bharani. He was influenced by the Self-Respect Movement. He has published 46 books so far. In 1995, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for his historical novel Vaanam Vasapadum (lit. The Sky will be ours) set in the times of Ananda Ranga Pillai. His works have been translated into Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, German, French, English and Swedish. His play Muttai is part of the curriculum in Delhi University and his short story collection Nerru Manidhargal is a text book in many colleges. He is married to Pramila Rani and they have three sons. He lives in Chennai and Pondicherry.
- Vaanam vasappadum
- Manudam vellum
- Kagidha Manidhargal
- Kaneeral Kappom
- Penmai velga
- Erodu Thamizhar uyirodu
- Aangalum Pengalum
Short story collections
- Nerru Manidhargal
- Vittu Viduthalayagi
- Iruttin Vaasal
- Oru ooril irandu manidhargal
Awards and recognitions
- Sahitya Akademi Award (1995) for Vaanam vasappadum
- Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award
- Coimbatore Kasturi Rangammal Award for Mahanadhi
- Ilakkiya Chinthanai Award for Manudam vellum
- Adithanar award for Sandhya
- Award for Non-Fiction from The Tamil Literary Garden, Toronto
- Tamil Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007 Sahitya Akademi Official website.
- "Tamil translation of Malayalam travelogue launched". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 4 January 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- "Prapanchan interview". Tamiloviam (in Tamil). Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- Kumar, Neelam (2002). Our favourite Indian stories. Jaico Publishing House. pp. xxii. ISBN 978-81-7224-978-6.
- S. Ramakrishnan. "பிரபஞ்சன் : எப்போதுமிருக்கும் நட்பு". Uyirmmai (in Tamil). Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- "Prapanchan profile". Uyirmmai. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- "Prapanchan Profile". Tamil Virtual University. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- "Prapanchan interview". Nilacharal (in Tamil). Retrieved 6 June 2010.