Anuradha Ramanan

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Anuradha Ramanan
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Born(1947-06-29)29 June 1947
Thanjavur, Madras Presidency, British India
Died16 May 2010(2010-05-16) (aged 62)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Writer
  • novelist
  • artist
  • social activist

Anuradha Ramanan (29 June 1947 – 16 May 2010)[1] was a Tamil writer, artist and a social activist.


Anuradha was born in 1947 in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. Her grandfather R. Balasubramaniam was an actor who inspired Anuradha to become a writer.[2] Anuradha started her career as an artist before making several unsuccessful attempts to get a job with popular magazines.[2] This prompted her to join Mangai, a Tamil magazine after the editor found her writings very interesting. Anuradha's literary career started in 1977 while working for the magazine.[2]

Apart from her literary contributions, she was well known for her "anti-divorce counselling" work.[3] In a career that spanned over 30 years, Anuradha wrote nearly 800 novels and 1,230 short stories.[2] Her works were mainly centered on family and everyday happenings. One of her early works Sirai, won a gold medal for the best short story from Ananda Vikatan.[4] It was adapted into a film of the same name.[4] Following this, her other novels Kootu Puzhukkal, Oru Malarin Payanam and Oru Veedu Iruvasal were adapted into films in various languages such as Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.[2] Oru Veedu Iru Vasal, directed by Balachander won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues in 1991.[5] The 1988 Telugu film Oka Baarya Katha based on her work won five Nandi Awards.[6] In addition to films, many of her stories such as Archanai Pookal, Paasam and Kanakanden Thozhi have been adapted into television serials.[4] She was awarded a gold medal by M. G. Ramachandran, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.[4]


Anuradha died of cardiac arrest on 16 May 2010 at the age of 62 in Chennai.[4] She was married to Ramanan and has two daughters.[4]


  1. ^ "Noted writer Anuradha Ramanan passes away". Zee News. 2010-05-16. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Popular Tamil writer Anuradha Ramanan dead". The New Indian Express. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Saadhanai Penn – Anuradha Ramanan". The Hindu. 21 November 2003. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Anuradha Ramanan dead". The Hindu. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  5. ^ "38th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Noted writer dead". The Hindustan Times. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2013.