His obsessive oeuvre as a well-know Tamil writer involves eight novels, more than 200 short stories, 15 novellas and many thought-provoking prose writings under the pen name Ashokamitran. Legendary Tamil writer Ashokamitran passed away on Thursday in Chennai at his residence at Velachery, after a brief illness. He was 85.
He was regarded as one of the most influential figures in Tamil literature. The 85-year-old writer oeuvre not just limited to the linguistic crowd of Tamilians. But, many of his short stories that have been translated into English, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu and other languages. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1996 for his remarkable work ‘Appavin Snegidhar’ which was a collection of short stories, Ashokamitran was honored with the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1996.
Here are some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about popular Tamil writer Ashokamitran life:
– He was born in 1931 in Secunderabad
– He was one of the most influential figures in post-independent Tamil literature.
– He moved to Chennai in 1952 when one of his father’s friends, film director SS Vasan invited him.
– The Eighteenth Parallel (1977) is one of the highly acclaimed novels of Ashokamitran.
– His work has been translated into a number of Indian and European languages.
– He began his literary career with the prize winning “Anbin Parisu” play.
– He was the editor of the literary journal “Kanaiyaazhi”.
– He worked for more than a decade at the Gemini Studios.
– Some of his works were translated into other European languages.
– He was given the Government of Tamil Nadu award thrice and the “Illakiya Chinthani” award twice in 1977 and 1984.
– He was conferred the Lily Memorial Award in 1992
– On March 30, 2013, he received the national award instituted by the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad at Kolkata.
Celebrated Tamil writer Ashokamitran will be remembered for his simplicity, humility and inspiring words. He has left behind him a legacy of self-confidence and determination.
Kalyan Raman, who translated four of his Tamil fiction books, said on Twitter, “I have such happy memories of his warmth and friendship. Go well, sir. Goodbye.”
RIP Ashokamitran. India will miss you, sir. You’re an irreparable loss to Indian community of writers and the humanity at large.