of over 80 novels, 150 short stories, ten science books, ten dramas,
numerous poems and articles, Sujatha's real name is Rangarajan.
He published his first story in 1953 in the magazine Sivaji.
His 'Kadaisi Pakkam' (last page) in Kanaiyali magazine
was the first of several such special pages in other magazines. Besides
writing for the print media, Sujatha has also written stories, screenplays
and dialogue for Tamil dramas, serials on television, Films and multi-media
educational CD ROMs.
In 1993, the Indian Government (National Council for Science and Technology)
awarded him for his science awareness and promotional efforts in education.
Sujatha's ability to straddle a range of genres, from social issue-based
to science fiction, has given him wide readership. The computer-buffs
in Tamil Nadu have a lot to be grateful to him for. Sujatha's Tamil
word equivalents of computer terms are widely used today.
of surrealism in Tamil poetry, Abdul Rahman is the author of
around two-dozen books. He is also the 1999 Sahitya Akademi Award
winner for his collection of poems 'Aalapanai'. It is
after three decades that a Tamil poetic work has been chosen for this
award. For several years, he taught as the Head of the Tamil Department
at Islamiah College in Vaniyambadi. Among his noted works are
'Paal Veedi', 'Neyar Viruppam', 'Muttai Vaasigal', 'Suttu Viral',
'Karaigale Nadiyavadillai' and 'Indriravu Pagalil'.
Several of his works have been serialised in popular periodicals.
His adaptation of the Japanese poetic form of Haiku and the Urdu Ghazal
has helped enrich Tamil poetry today. Among the first to make contemporary
the Hindu myths, this modern poet is a doctorate-holder for his dissertation
on symbolism in modern Tamil verse.
author of 30 novels, 13 travelogues and more than 150 short stories
and novellas, Sivasankari is one of the most respected names
in the field. She started off writing short stories for periodicals
like Ananda Vikatan. Her first novel was written in 1970. Sivasankari
is also known for her social consciousness that comes across through
her several articles published in prominent journals.
She is also the author of the biography of former Prime Minister Indira
Gandhi and two travelogues titled 'Travels with Rajiv Gandhi'
(based on her experience of accompanying him on two of his
tours). Six novels written by her have been made into films in Tamil.
Four novels (two on drug abuse, one on alcoholism and one on old age)
have been serialised on National and Regional Television. She has
also appeared as an Expert Panellist and Resource Person in popular
Talk shows and Chat shows on TV. Sivasankari is also trained in Bharatanatyam
and Classical music.
Author : S.Natarajan