Rajam Krishnan

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Rajam Krishnan (Tamil: ராஜம் கிருஷ்ணன், born. 1925), is a feminist Tamil writer from Tamil Nadu, India.

Biography[edit]

Rajam Krishnan was born in Musiri, Tiruchirapalli district. She started publishing in her twenties. She is known for writing well researched social novels on the lives of people usually not depicted in modern Tamil literature - poor farmers, salt pan workers, small time criminals, jungle dacoits, under-trial prisoners and female labourers. She has written more than 80 novels.[1] In 1973, she was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for her novel Verukku Neer.[2] In 2009, her works were nationalised by the Government of Tamil Nadu, for a compensation of three lakh Rupees. It was a rare occurrence as only works of dead writers are usually nationalised in Tamil Nadu.[3][4][5]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Uthara Kaandam - (உத்தர காண்டம்)
  • Kurinji Then - (குறிஞ்சித்தேன்)
  • Valaikaram - (வளைக்கரம்)
  • Verukku Neer - (வேருக்கு நீர்)
  • Malargal - (மலர்கள்)
  • Mullum Malarndhadhu - (முள்ளும் மலர்ந்தது)
  • Paadaiyil Padinda Adigal - (பாதையில் பதிந்த அடிகள்)
  • Alaivaai Karayile - (அலைவாய் கரையிலே)
  • Karippu Manigal - (கரிப்பு மணிகள்)
  • Mannakattu puntulikal - (மண்ணகத்துப் பூந்துளிகள்)
  • Sathiya Velvi - (சத்திய வேள்வி)

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • New York Herald Tribune International Award for a short story (1950)
  • Kalaimagal award (1953)(நாவல் 'பெண் குரல்')
  • Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for Verukku Neer (1973)
  • Thiru. Vi. Ka award (1991)
  • 'Malargal' (Flowers) Ananda Vikatan Novel Prize Winner(1958)('மலர்கள்' ஆனந்த விகடன் பரிசு நாவல் 1958)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Open to life and art". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 4 January 2004. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Tamil Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007 Sahitya Akademi Official website.
  3. ^ "Works of writer Rajam Krishnan to be nationalised". Times of India. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  4. ^ C. S. Lakshmi (4 January 2004). "Metaphor for a generation". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Kumar, Sampath (17 July 2003). "India rights campaign for infanticide mothers". BBC News. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 

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