Ponneelan (Tamil: பொன்னீலன், born. 1940 at Manikatti Pottal, Kanyakumari district) is the pen name of Kandeswara Bhaktavatsalan, a Tamil writer from Tamil Nadu, India. He is a Marxist and was influenced by Tamil Communist leader P. Jeevanandham in his younger days. He became a teacher and eventually retired as the deputy director of school education for Tamil Nadu. He won the 1994 Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil his novel Pudhiya Dharisanangal. He is currently the state president of the Tamil literary organisation Tamil Nadu Kalai Ilakkiya Perumandram. During 2005-2008, he was a member of the Central Board of Film Certification (censor board). He also wrote the script for the 2008 film Ayyavazhi.
- Karisal (1978)
- Pudhiya Dharisanangal (1992)
- Short story anthologies
- Atthaani Makkal
- Pottal Kadhaigal
- Oorril malarndadhu
- Pudhiya mottugal
- Idam maari vantha vaergal
- Pullin kuzhanthaigal
- Thirumanangal sorgathil nichayikka padukindrana
- Jeeva enra manudan
- Thamilagathin aanmeega vazhikaatti
- Ragunathanin ilakkiya thadam
- Vaikunthar kaattum vaazhkai neri
- Essay anthologies
- Puvi engum santhi nilavuga
- Tharkala thamil ilakkiyamum dravida sidhathangalum
- Murpokku ilakkiya iyakkangal
- Sudhanthira thamilagathil kalai ilakkiya iyakkangal
- Sathi madhangalai paraom
- Thaimozhi kalvi
- Tamil nadu kalai ilakkiya perumandra varalaaru
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- "Buddha tried to develop social harmony, says Ponneelan". The Hindu. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
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- "'Teachers can trim character of youths'". The Hindu. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
- Tamil Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007 Sahitya Akademi Official website.
- Sundara Ramasami (April 1994). "பொன்னீலன் - சாகித்ய அகாடமி பரிசு". Thinnai (in Tamil). Retrieved 29 March 2010.
- "பல்சமய எழுத்துக்கள் அவசியம்-பொன்னீலன்". Thats Tamil. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
- "18 new 'cuts' in Censor Board". Times of India. 9 February 2005. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
- "Sujibala without a blouse in Ayyavazhi". Oneindia. 20 July 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2010.