Noted Tamil litterateur Thiagarajan, popularly known as Ashokamitran, passed away on 23 March 2017 following a brief illness in Chennai. He was 85.
A well known novelist and essayist, Ashokamitran was noted for his subtlety and refreshing creativity in expression.
• Born in Secunderabad in 1931, Ashokamitran moved to Chennai in 1952.
• He worked in the Tamil film production house Gemini Studios for close to a decade before taking up full time writing in 1966.
• Ashokamitran began his career with the award-winning play Anbin Parisu.
• He quickly became one of the most influential figures in Tamil literature and published over 200 short stories and around two dozen novels.
• Manasarovar, Thanneer and 18-vadhu Atcha Kodu are some of his famed works.
• He also edited the literary magazine Kanaiyazhi for a period of time.
• Many of his works have been translated into a number of languages such as English, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu and some European languages.
• Besides many Tamil Nadu state awards, Ashokamitran also won the Sahitya Akademi Prize in 1996 for his collection of short stories Appavin Snegidar.