Balakumaran

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Balakumaran V
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Born (1946-07-05)5 July 1946
Pazhamarneri, Thirukattupalli, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Died 15 May 2018(2018-05-15) (aged 71)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Writer, novelist
Nationality Indian
Spouses Kamala
Shanta
Children Gowri, Surya

Balakumaran (5 July 1946 – 15 May 2018)[1] was an Indian Tamil writer and author of over 200 novels, 100 short stories, and dialogue/screenplay writer for 23 films.[2] He also contributed to Tamil periodicals such as Kalki, Ananda Vikatan and Kumudam.[3]His Notable works as a dialogue writer in Tamil Cinema includes Nayakan, Guna, Baashha and Pudhupettai

Biography[edit]

Balakumaran was born in Pazhamarneri village near Thirukattupalli in Thanjavur district on 5 July 1946. He is married to Kamala and Santha. They have daughter Gowri and son Venkataraman aka surya.[4]He was a disciple of Yogi Ramsurat Kumar. Balakumaran died at the age of 71 due to prolonged illness in a private hospital on 15 May 2018.[5]As a child, he was highly inspired by his mother, who was a Tamil scholar and a Siromani in Sanskrit, used verses of Sangam and other ancient literature to motivate him when ever he was emotionally down. This created a deep interest in Tamil literature which made literature his passion. Despite having a poor relationship with his father due to average academic performance especially Maths, he continued his deep interest in literature under his mother support.After completing his high school, he joined a tractor company TAFE in Chennai for a job like any middle class youth. But,with hunger towards litreture, he quit the job of stenographer in a tractor company and started his hands on Poems first and gradully moving towards shortstories & novels.[6]His first stories were published in a literary magazine called ‘ka-ca-da-ta-pa-Ra’ and for which he was also a founding member of KaChaTaThaPaRa, a self-anointed militant literary journal that had been launched with a mission to blaze new trails in modernist literature and later in Kumudam.Balakumaran’s first novel — ‘Mercury Pookaal’ was serialized in Saavi and his second ‘Irumbu Kuthirai’ (Iron horse) was serialized in Kalki.[7]

Literary style and themes[edit]

Balakumaran's works majorly revolved around woman with great empathy. In his stories, women were not merely gendered cardboard cutouts but fully sentient individuals, with bodies, dreams, desires, yearnings and frustrations. This “legitimisation” of female existence earned him succeeding generations of devoted women readers who resonated with the female characters in his fiction. In an interview, he said that during his initial days in Chennai he spent his life amidst such people. This prompted him to develop a liking towards them.[8]. Balakumaran had the habit of experiencing characters by himself when writing a book. For instance, In 'Udayar' novel, he had traveled many places where Raja Raja cholan visited in order to bring closeness towards the novel. Also, traveled in trucks to longer distance for his ‘Irumbu Kuthirai’ (Iron horse) novel.[9]

Novels written[edit]

  • Udayar
  • Mercury pookkal
  • Irumbhu kudhiraigal
  • Krishna Arjunan
  • Thayumanavan
  • Agalya
  • Kai Veesamma Kai Veesu
  • Endrendrum anbudan
  • Udayar (novel)
  • Shenbagathottam
  • Pani vizhum malar vanam
  • Kadal neelam
  • Naan enna solli vittaen
  • Kadarpaalam
  • Pey Karumbu (on Pattinathaar Swamigal)
  • Simmasanam (on Kumara Guruparar Swamigal)
  • Thangakkai (on Seshadiri Swamigal of Thiruvannamalai)
  • Guru (on Bhagawan Sri Yogi Ram Suratkumar of Thiruvannamalai)
  • Nigumbalai
  • Kadalora Kuruvigal
  • Karaiyora Mudhalaigal
  • Payanigal Kavanikkavum
  • Thunai
  • Meettadha Veenai
  • Vetrilai Kodi
  • Manja Kaani
  • Karnanin Kathai
  • Shakthi
  • KatruKondal Kutramillai
  • En Manathu Thamaraippoo
  • Kalyana Murungai
  • Peria Puranak Kathaigal
  • Kannaadi Koburangal
  • Katigai
  • Ammavum 10 Katturaigalum
  • Manam Uruguthey
  • Appam Vadai Thayirsatham
  • Ithuthaan Vayathu Kathalikka
  • Snegamulla singam
  • Yeno theriavillai
  • kathal aragam
  • Neli mothiram
  • Ean mathil tamarai poo
  • Kathalperuman
  • Vilvamaram
  • Marakal
  • idharkuth thane aasaippattaay Balakumara
  • Thalaiyanai pookkal
  • En kanmani thamarai
  • Thozhan
  • Gangai Konda Cholan
  • Avani
  • Idhu Pothum
  • Mahabharatham
  • 333 Ammaiyappan Theru
  • Kanne Vanna Pasungiliye

Contribution to films[edit]

Balakumaran's contribution to films was largely in the field of screenplay making and dialogue writing. His skills in crafting the dialogue for any conceivable character are noteworthy in Kollywood and his dialogues in Nayakan and Baasha are still popular and widely used.

Some of Balakumaran novel names has been used in Tamil cinema as Movie titles - Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara, Irumbu Kuthirai which are samples of Balakumaran's popularity.[10][better source needed]

List of the films to which Balakumaran contributed:

Writer
Director

Literary works[edit]

  • Epic on Rajendra Cholan
  • Monthly Novels on various themes..

Awards[edit]

  • Literary Awards won :
    • Irumbu Kudhiraigal – Raja Sir Annamalai Chettiyar Trust Awards
    • Mercury Pookal – Illakkiya Sindhanai Awards
    • Kadarpalam – State Award (II Prize) (Short Story Collection)
    • Sugajeevanam – State Award (I Prize) (short story collection)
  • Cinema Awards Won :
  • Other Awards :
    • Honoured with "Sindhanai Chemmal" title (From Lions Club Madras)
    • Kalaimaamani Award from Government of Tamil Nadu

References[edit]

  1. ^ Veteran Tamil novelist Balakumaran dies at 71
  2. ^ ""About me"". writerbalakumaran.com. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Balakumaran about his Novels". The Hindu. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  4. ^ ""About me"". writerbalakumaran.com. Retrieved 16 May 2018. 
  5. ^ ""Popular Tamil novelist Balakumaran passes away"". The Hindu. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018. 
  6. ^ ""About me"". writerbalakumaran.com. Retrieved 16 May 2018. 
  7. ^ ""Stories from the heart"". The Hindu. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  8. ^ ""Balakumaran (1946-2018) struck a chord with readers because he gave a voice to ordinary individuals"". scroll.in. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  9. ^ ""portfolio"". writerbalakumaran.com. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  10. ^ ""Idharkuthane_Aasaipattai_Balakumara"". en.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  11. ^ "Balakumaran in 'Robot'". IndiaGlitz. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 

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