C. S. Chellappa

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C. S. Chellappa
Chinnamanur Subramaniam Chellappa

29 September 1912
Died18 December 1998(1998-12-18) (aged 86)
Occupation(s)Writer, journalist

Cinnamanur Subramaniam Chellappa (Tamil: சி. சு. செல்லப்பா) (29 September 1912 – 18 December 1998) was a Tamil writer, journalist and Indian independence movement activist.[1][2] He belonged to the "Manikodi" literary movement along with Pudhumaipithan, Ku Pa Ra, Va. Ramasamy, N. Pichamoorthi and A. N. Sivaraman. He also founded Ezhuthu, a literary magazine[3] His novel Suthanthira Thagam won the Sahitya Akademi Award for 2001.[4][5][6]


Chellappa was born in Batlagundu in the year1912 to Subramanian, a government employee and nationalist. Chellappa did his schooling in Tuticorin and obtained a degree in economics. However, he failed to obtain a degree in English literature.

In the early years of his life, Chellappa was influenced by Bhagat Singh but later he adopted Mahatma Gandhi's creed of non-violence. Chellappa participated in the Batlagundu satyagraha and was arrested on 10 January 1941. He spent six months in jail and on his return, established a paper manufacturing industry. Chellappa began writing in 1934 when he published his first story Margazhi Malar.

By the time of his death in 1998, Chellappa had written over 109 short stories and 50 articles.[1][2]

Partial bibliography[edit]


  • Vaadivasal (1958) [7]
  • Jeevanamsam
  • Suthanthira Thagam


  • Muraipenn

Literary criticism[edit]

  • Ramaiyyavin sirukathai kalam
  • Oothupathi pul
  • Mayathachan


  1. ^ a b "He is old, hungry and poor, but believes spring cannot be far behind". Rediff. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b Ashokamitran (23 June 2009). "Short Stories Collection". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  3. ^ Sundararajan, P. G (26 August 2001). "Lone survivor looks back". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil writers". Sahitya Akademi. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  5. ^ Ramakrishnan, S. "C. S. Chellappa". Uyirmmai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  6. ^ Narasimman, S (3 May 2009). "Little known Tamil scholars 4 - C. S. Chellappa". Thinnai (in Tamil). Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  7. ^ "In Chellappa's arena". 31 August 2013 – via www.thehindu.com.