Kalki Sadasivam

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Thiagarajan Sadasivam
Sadasivam M.S. Marriage photo 1940.jpg
Marriage photo of Sadasivam and M. S. Subbulakshmi, 1940
Born(1902-09-04)4 September 1902
Died22 November 1997(1997-11-22) (aged 95)
Occupationwriter, journalist, freedom fighter, singer, film producer
Apithakuchambal (m. 1928–1938)

M. S. Subbulakshmi (m. 1940–1997)
Children2; including Radha Viswanathan

"Kalki" Thiagaraja Sadasivam (pronounced "Kalki" Tyāgarājan Sadāśivam) (4 September 1902 – 22 November 1997[1]) was an Indian freedom fighter, singer, journalist and film producer who was one of the founders, along with Kalki Krishnamurthy of the Tamil magazine Kalki. He is well known as the husband of famous classical carnatic singer M.S. Subbulakshmi


Kalki Sadasivam was born on 4 September 1902 at Aangarai in Tiruchirapalli District, the third of 16 children of Tyagarajan and Mangalam Iyer. Impressed by the fiery speeches and writings of Lala Lajpat Rai, Bipin Chandra Pal, Lokamanya Tilak and Sri Aurobindo Ghosh, Kalki Sadasivam joined the freedom movement at an early age and being a disciple of Subramaniya Siva desired to kill an Englishman and court imprisonment for the sake of it. As a result, he quit school and enlisted in the Bharata Samaj, serving Subramaniya Siva who was afflicted with leprosy and ardent involving himself in the Swadeshi Movement.[2] On listening to speeches by Rajagopalachari and Mahatma Gandhi he later adopted non-violence.

Sadasivam had two daughters named Radha and Vijaya from his first wife, Smt. Apithakuchambal, who died in 1933. In July 1936, Sadasivam met M.S. Subbulakshmi, who subscribed to his ideological and political views. The two eventually married on 10 July 1940 after his first wife died. Radha later became a popular musician on her own right.

Sadasivam was also close to journalist and writer Kalki Krishnamurthy with whom he co-founded the popular magazine Kalki in 1940.