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BornS. Vaidyalingam
(1945-04-27)27 April 1945
Puducherry, India
Died21 December 2018(2018-12-21) (aged 73)
Pen namePrabanjan
Occupationwriter and critic
LanguageTamil, French, English
EducationM.A Tamil
Notable worksVaanam Vasapadum
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award
SpousePramila Rani
ChildrenGawdaman,Gowrisankar, Sathish

Prapanchan (Tamil: பிரபஞ்சன்), is the pseudonym of S. Vaidyalingam (Tamil: சாரங்கபாணி வைத்தியலிங்கம், 27 April 1945 - 21 December, 2018)[1] a Tamil, writer and critic from Puducherry, India.


Prapanchan was born in Pondicherry and did his schooling in Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School, Puducherry. His birth name was Vaidyalingam. His father ran a toddy shop. He attended the Karandhai College and graduated as a Tamil Vidwan. He started his career as a Tamil teacher in Thanjavur. He also worked as a journalist in Kumudam, Ananda Vikatan and Kungumam. In 1961, he published his first short story Enna ulagamada in the magazine Bharani. He was influenced by the Self-Respect Movement. He had published 46 books. In 1995, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for his historical novel Vaanam Vasapadum (lit. The Sky will be ours) set in the times of Ananda Ranga Pillai. His works have been translated into Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, German, French, English and Swedish. His play Muttai is part of the curriculum in Delhi University and his short story collection Netrru Manidhargal is a textbook in many colleges. He was married to Pramila Rani and they have three sons. He was living in Chennai and Pondicherry. He was diagnosed Lung cancer (Squamous cell carcinoma), for which he underwent palliative chemotherapy from Manakula Vinayagar Medical College & Hospital under the department of pulmonary Medicine and oncology. On 21st, December 2018 he died of respiratory failure and tumor metastasis.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Partial bibliography[edit]


  • Vaanam vasappadum
  • Mahanadhi
  • Manudam vellum
  • Sandhya
  • Kagidha Manidhargal
  • Kaneeral Kappom
  • Penmai velga
  • Padhavi
  • Erodu Thamizhar uyirodu


  • Aangalum Pengalum

Short story collections[edit]

  • Nerru Manidhargal
  • Vittu Viduthalayagi
  • Iruttin Vaasal
  • Oru ooril irandu manidhargal


  • Muttai
  • Akalya

Awards and recognitions[edit]


  1. ^ "Noted Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi awardee Prapanchan passes away at 73". The News Minute. 21 December 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  2. ^ Tamil Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007 Archived 2010-01-24 at the Wayback Machine Sahitya Akademi Official website.
  3. ^ "Tamil translation of Malayalam travelogue launched". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Prapanchan interview". Tamiloviam (in Tamil). Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  5. ^ Kumar, Neelam (2002). Our favourite Indian stories. Jaico Publishing House. pp. xxii. ISBN 978-81-7224-978-6.
  6. ^ S. Ramakrishnan. "பிரபஞ்சன் : எப்போதுமிருக்கும் நட்பு". Uyirmmai (in Tamil). Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Prapanchan profile". Uyirmmai. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Prapanchan Profile". Tamil Virtual University. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Prapanchan interview". Nilacharal (in Tamil). Retrieved 6 June 2010.

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