Charu Nivedita

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Charu Nivedita
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Born K.Arivazhagan
(1953-12-18) 18 December 1953 (age 63)
Nagore, Tamil Nadu, India
Pen name Charu Nivedita
Occupation Writer, Novelist
Nationality Indian
Genre Autofiction, Transgressive Fiction, Metafiction, Postmodernism
Notable works Zero Degree, Exile, Rasaleela, Morgue Keeper
Spouse Avanthika
Website
English blog: charunivedita.com
Tamil blog: www.charuonline.com/blog

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Charu Nivedita (born 18 December 1953) is a postmodern, transgressive Tamil writer, based in Chennai, India. There is an invisible ban on his writings in the Tamil milieu, whereas he is widely translated into Malayalam in nearby Kerala. Since his writings are transgressive in nature, he is branded as a pornographic writer and disliked by many. For a longtime he was writing clandestinely under the pseudonym ‘Muniyandi’. He was born and raised in a slum until the age of eighteen, worked in the government services and survived as a wanderer. His novel Zero Degree was longlisted for the 2013 edition of Jan Michalski Prize for Literature.[1] Zero Degree was inducted into the prestigious '50 Writers, 50 Books - The Best of Indian Fiction', published by HarperCollins. [2][3] Vahni Capildeo places Charu Nivedita on par with Vladimir Nabokov, James Joyce and Jean Genet, in her article in the Caribbean Review of Books.[4] He was selected as one among 'Top Ten Indians of the Decade 2001 - 2010' by The Economic Times. He is inspired by Marquis de Sade and Andal.[5] His columns appear in magazines such as Art Review Asia, The Asian Age and [6] Deccan Chronicle.[7]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  1. Existentialism and Fancy Baniyan (எக்ஸிஸ்டென்ஷியலிஸமும் ஃபேன்ஸி பனியனும்) - Tamil / Malayalam
  2. Zero Degree (ஸீரோ டிகிரி) - Tamil / English / Malayalam
  3. Rasa leela (ராஸ லீலா)
  4. Kaamarooba Kathaigal (காமரூப கதைகள்)
  5. Thegam (தேகம்)
  6. Exile (எக்ஸைல்) - This book is edited and re-written as Puthiya Exile (புதிய எக்ஸைல்).
  7. Puthiya Exile (புதிய எக்ஸைல்)

Short stories[edit]

  1. Nano (நேநோ) - Collection of short stories, published along with Nagaarchunan and Sylvia aka M.D.Muthukumarasamy.
  2. Madumitha Sonna Pambu Kathaigal (மதுமிதா சொன்ன பாம்புக் கதைகள்)
  3. Shakespeare-in Minnanjal Mugavari (Shakespeare's e-mail address)
  4. Kadal Kanni (கடல் கன்னி) - Translated short stories from world Literature
  5. Oorin miga azhagaana Pen – Translated short stories from world Literature (ஊரின் மிக அழகான பெண்)
  6. Muthukkal Pathu (முத்துக்கள் பத்து) - Selected short stories
  7. Morgue Keeper - Selected short stories in English in Kindle
  8. Diabolically Yours in Exotic Gothic 5, Vol. II

Collection of articles[edit]

  1. Konal Pakkangal (கோணல் பக்கங்கள்)
  2. Konal Pakkankal II (கோணல் பக்கங்கள் II)
  3. Konal Pakkangal III (கோணல் பக்கங்கள் III)
  4. Manamkoththi paravai (மனம் கொத்திப் பறவை)
  5. Thappu Thalangal (தப்புத் தாளங்கள்)
  6. Yenakku Kuzhandhaigalai Pidikadhu (எனக்குக் குழந்தைகளைப் பிடிக்காது)
  7. Dante-yin Siruththai (தாந்தேயின் சிறுத்தை)
  8. Kadavulum Nanum (கடவுளும் நானும்)
  9. Kalaiyum Kaamamum (கலையும் காமமும்)
  10. Kadavulum Saithaanum (கடவுளும் சைத்தானும்)
  11. Sarasam Sallabam Saamiyar (சரசம் சல்லாபம் சாமியார்)
  12. Varambu Meeriya Pradhigal (வரம்பு மீறிய பிரதிகள்)
  13. Dhisai Ariyum Paravaigal (திசை அறியும் பறவைகள்)
  14. Moodupani Saalai (மூடுபனிச் சாலை)
  15. Vaazhvadhu eppadi (வாழ்வது எப்படி?)
  16. Ketta vaarththai (கெட்ட வார்த்தை)
  17. Malawi endroru Desam (மலாவி என்றொரு தேசம்)
  18. Kanavugalin mozhipeyarppaalan (கனவுகளின் மொழிபெயர்ப்பாளன்)
  19. Kadaisip Pakkangal (கடைசிப் பக்கங்கள்)
  20. Vetrulagavaasiyin Diarykkuripugal (வேற்றுலகவாசியின் டயரிக்குறிப்புகள்)
  21. Pazhuppu Nirap Pakkangal - 1 (பழுப்பு நிறப் பக்கங்கள் - 1)

Play[edit]

  1. Rendaam aattam (ரெண்டாம் ஆட்டம்)

Cinema review[edit]

  1. Latin American Cinema (லத்தீன் அமெரிக்க சினிமா: ஓர் அறிமுகம்)
  2. Cinema: Alainthuthiribavanin Azhagiyal (சினிமா: அலைந்து திரிபவனின் அழகியல்)
  3. Cinema Cinema (சினிமா சினிமா)
  4. Naragaththilirundhu oru kural (நரகத்திலிருந்து ஒரு குரல்)
  5. Kanavugalin Nadanam (கனவுகளின் நடனம்)
  6. Kalagam Kaadhal Isai (கலகம் காதல் இசை)
  7. Theeraakaadhali (தீராக்காதலி)

Collection of political commentaries[edit]

  1. Azaadhi Azaadhi Azaadhi (அஸாதி அஸாதி அஸாதி)
  2. Adhigaaram Amaidhi Sudhanthiram (அதிகாரம் அமைதி சுதந்திரம்)
  3. Enge Un Kadavul? (எங்கே உன் கடவுள்?)

Collection of interviews[edit]

  1. Ozhunginmaiyin Veriyaattam (ஒழுங்கின்மையின் வெறியாட்டம்)
  2. Ichchaigalin Irulveli (இச்சைகளின் இருள்வெளி) (Second edition of the erstwhile Paaliyal - Oru Urayaadal (பாலியல் - ஒரு உரையாடல்) that comes with the new title)

Question and Answers[edit]

  1. Arugil Varaadhey (அருகில் வராதே)
  2. Aram Porul Inbam (அறம் பொருள் இன்பம்)

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • He was selected as one among 'Top Ten Indians of the Decade 2001 - 2010' by The Economic Times.
  • Zero Degree was long-listed for the 2013 edition of Jan Michalski Prize.[1]
  • Zero Degree was inducted into the prestigious '50 Writers, 50 Books - The Best of Indian Fiction', published by HarperCollins. [8][9]
  • The Hindu included him in its list of 'Manathil Pathintha Mugangal 25' (Twenty Five Eminent Personalities of Tamil Nadu) in its Diwali Malar 2014.

Literary contemporaries on Charu Nivedita[edit]

Public events[edit]

Literary festivals[edit]

Film festivals[edit]

  • Charu Nivedita was invited as the Guest of Honour on 10 March 2002 at the National Folklore Support Centre Folk Festival, Chennai.[28]
  • He inaugurated the Third SIO Samvedana Vedhi International Film Festival, 2010, organised by the Students Islamic Organisation of India wing of the University of Calicut.[29]
  • He inaugurated the International Film Festival of Tamil Nadu 2010, Chennai, organised by the International Tamil Film Academy and Seventh Channel Communications.[30]
  • He ianugurated the Fourth Panchajanyam International Film Festival 2011 at Chittur, Kerala.[31]
  • He inaugurated the valedictory session of the Third International Film Festival 2011, Kochi, which was jointly organised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Heart Light Association and the Ernakulam District Information Office.[32]
  • At the 2013 Chennai Rainbow Film Festival(LGBT Film Festival), presented by Alliance Française de Madras, he participated in the 'Panel Discussion on Media Portrayal of LGBT issues.'[33][34]

Lectures and meets[edit]

  • Charu Nivedita delivered the 2009 Paul Chirakkarode Memorial Lecture at Kottayam.[35]
  • He was invited to speak at the valedictory function of ‘Thattakaperuma,' a series of programmes to observe the second death anniversary of Kovilan, Malayalam writer at Thrissur on 3 June 2012.[36]
  • He delivered the commemoration speech at the 'Bob Marley Cultural Fest' on 11 May 2010 at Kochi.[37][38]
  • He was one of the panelists at the Outlook Speak Out debate 2010, Chennai on the subject 'Moral Policing in a Democracy'.[39]

Social activism[edit]

  • He was invited as the chief guest of Sambavas' annual celebrations (a Dalit caste) at Chalakudy in Kerala on 11 May 2008.[40]
  • He inaugurated a meeting and spoke among the adivasis protesting against wanton clay mining at Velichikala, near Kollam.[41]
  • He addressed a gathering of Plachimada villagers who were on a relay hunger strike against Coca-Cola's wanton over-drawing of groundwater and polluting water bodies.[42]
  • He marched with villagers protesting against Coca-Cola and Pepsi's wanton overdrawing of groundwater at Kanjikode, near Palakkad on 29 August 2008.[43]
  • He inaugurated a symposium on Mullaiperiyar Dam issue organized by 'Uyiru', a joint cultural forum of Tamil and Malayalam writers and social activists on 7 July 2012 at Kottayam.[44]

'Zero Degree' in Academics[edit]

Quotations[edit]

  • "I convert my schizoid (state) into an art."[49]
  • "There is nothing like planning in my literature, at any point of time. It's something which gets written between the schizoid state and dreams. Hence, with this same reason, I cannot comment on my writing. Like how I don't accept the roles of a father, a son, a lover, a friend – I despise the role of a writer too. My writing is nothing but the brush strokes of a person trying to escape from hell."
  • "Hatred is a disease."

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