Indian Poets I Bio-Notes on Tamil Poets I
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Indian Poets Writing In Tamil
Sundara Ramaswamy, Abdul Rahman and others

Sundara Ramaswamy (1931-2005) —  Sundara Ramaswamy was born in Nagercoil, Kanyakumari district. Ramaswamy had little formal education; his schooling was interrupted by ailments. He handled many genres — poetry, novel, short story, play, personal essay and literary criticism. Ramaswamy was mostly published in little magazines like Saraswati and Ezhutthu.  He himself launched a magazine, the high to middle-browish Kalachuvadu, a forum for new writing and literary debate. Among his collections of poetry are — Nadu Nisi Nayikkal and  Aro Oruvanukka. Pasuvayya was a pseudonym for Sundara Ramaswamy when he wrote poetry. All his poems are collected in the volume, 107 Kavithaikal. Among his novels are Puliya Marathin, Puliamarathin Kathai (The Tale  of a Tamarind Tree) and J. J. Sila Kurippugal (J.J: Some Notes and Sketches). He translated poetry and fiction from Malayalam. Ramaswamy has also contributed significantly to the disciplines of literary criticism and essays. He is the recipient of Kumaran Asan Memorial award (1998), Iyal Award (Life-time Literary Achievement Award) presented by the University of Toronto and the Tamil Literary Garden of Canada (2000) and Katha Chudamani award (2003) from Katha, New Delhi.

Abdul Rahman (b. 1937) — Syed Abdul Rahman was born in Madurai, Tamilnadu. Abdul Rahman joined as a Tamil lecturer in the Islamia College, Vaniyambadi. For twenty years he had been the Professor and Head of Department of the Tamil faculty, before he opted for voluntary retirement to devote his time totally to literature. He has also served as the Editor of dailies like 'Tamil Nadu' and 'Tamizhan' from Chennai and a literary magazine from Sivagangai. Pioneer of surrealism in modern Tamil poetry, Syed Abdul Rahman is the author of around two-dozen books. He has translated the works of the Urudu poet Iqbal in Tamil. Among his noted works are Paal Veedi, Neyar Viruppam, Muttai Vaasigal, Suttu Viral, Karaigale Nadiyavadillai and Indriravu Pagalil. His adaptation of the Japanese poetic form of Haiku and the Urdu Ghazal has helped enrich contemporary Tamil poetry. He is the 1999 Sahitya Akademi awardee for his collection of poems Aalapanai. He has received several other awards and honours such as the State Government's `Kalaimamani' title (1989) and Agni Akshara Award (1992).

Gnanakoothan (b. 1938) — Gnanakoothan has published several collections of poems, which include Andru Veru Kazhamai, Suryanukku Pinpakam, Kadarkkarayil Sila Marangal, Meendum Avargal, Collected Poems and Pencil Padangal.

Tamilanban (b. 1940) — Tamilanban is author of several publications. He is the recipient of Sahitya Akademi award (2004) for his work of poetry Vanakkam Valluva.

Rajaram Brammarajan (b. 1953) — Rajaram Brammarajan holds a Master's degree and M. Phil degree in English literature and works as Head of the Department of English in Government Arts College, Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu. Brammarajan writes in both Tamil and English, and is a poet, translator, essayist, critic, editor and music columnist.  He has a large number of publications to his credit. His Tamil poetry works are Arindha Nirandharam (Known Eternity), 1980, Vali Unarum Manithargal (Men Sensitive to Pain), 1985, Gnabaga Chirpam (Memory Sculpture), 1987, Puradhan Idhayam (Ancient Heart), 1991, Sneha Pathipgam, 2000 and Kalachuvadu Pathipagam, Collection of poems, 2004. Among his essays and case studies are Ezra Pound - A critical Introduction, 1985, and Pathinainthu Iropia Naveenavathigal (Fifteen Modern European Writers), 1998. His translations from English to Tamil include Works of Albert Camus, 1983, World poetry, 1989, Louis Borges Stories, 2000, Italo Calvino Stories, 2003 and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years Of Solitude. He was Editor of Meetchi Quarterly, a little magazine for arts and ideas, from 1983 to 1992. He can be reached at bramoraj@yahoo.com and his address is A-30, ASTC Nagar, Pennagaram Road, Dharmapuri-636703, Tamil Nadu.

Kutti Revathi — S. Revathi (Kutti Revathi) is a Chennai-based Tamil poet. She has published three books of poetry --- Poonaiyai Pola Alaiyum Velicham (Light Prowls Like A Cat), Mulaigal (Breasts) and Thanimaiyin Aayiram Irakkaigal (One Thousand Wings Of Solitude). She is the editor of Panikkudam, a literary quarterly for women’s writing and also the first Tamil feminist magazine. Kutti Revathi received the Sigaram 15: Faces of Future award for literature from India Today (a Tamil weekly) and was awarded a travel grant in 2005 by the Sahitya Akademi to meet leading litterateurs from various parts of the country.

 

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