Pen-Name/Known As: ‘Kaviyarasar’- Kannadasan
Other ‘Pen’Names: Karaimuthu Pulavar, Vanangamudi, Kamakappriya, Parvathi Nathan, Arokkiya Saamy
Date of Birth: 24th June 1927 (Sirukoodalpatti, Tamilnadu)
Date of Death: 17th October 1981 (At Chicago, USA)
Occupation: Tamil Poet, Tamil Cinema Lyricist, Novelist and Writer.
Kannadasan has written around 5000 lyrics besides 6000 poems and 232 books, including novels, epics, plays, essays, especially, “Arthamulla Indhumatham”/ (English: Meaningful Hindu Religion) Essays in 10 Parts.
Awards Won By Kannadasan:
Kannadasan has been the first Lyricist ever to receive the National Film Award for Best Lyrics for the Tamil film “Kuzhanthaikkaga”- in the year 1961.
Kannadasan won the “Sahitya Akademi Award” for his novel ‘Cheraman Kadhali’- in the year 1980 .
- Papanasam Shivam,
- Maruthakasi and
However, after Kannadasan’s entry into the Tamil Cinema Field as a lyricist, he had become the only ‘uncrowned emperor’ of Tamil Cinema Lyricists till his death,by his unique Tamil songs, inspite of the following popular and talented Tamil Cinema Lyricists had been writing Tamil Cinema songs:
- Alangudi Somu,
- Panchu Arunachalam and
Kannadasan has written four autobiographies, each one pertaining to a certain period of his life. The following are the 4 auto-biographies written by Kannadasan:
- Enathu Vasantha Kalangal,
- Enathu Suyasaritham,
- Vanavasam and
About Kannadasan’s “Vanavaasam”:
After 10 years of un-recognized and fruitless political life, he realized that politics and atheism were not for him and ended his 10 years’ vanavasam and he re-converted himself to Hinduism/God-Belief. After reading ‘Aandaal’s Thiruppavai’, he returned back to Hinduism / Belief in God and changed his name as “Kannadasan”.
Kannadasan studied the “Holy Bible” of the Christians and the Veeramaamunivar’s “Thembaavani” and wrote the ‘Life of Jesus Christ” in the name of “Yesu Kaaviyam” by staying at Tiruchirappalli.
“Vanavasam means a very hard life in a forest. Similar to the 13 years’ vanavasam of the Paandavas and the 14 years vanavasam of Lord Sri Rama and Seetha.
“When suffering people come together, they become friends,
When greedy people come together, they become enemies,
Goalless and unplanned life will not take us anywhere and
Unidentified people live peacefully when compared to identified people”.
Many of the Tamil Movie Songs written by Kavignar Kannadasan became super-hits, due to his meaningful lyrics and the unique voice of the popular Tamil Cinema Play-back Singer T.M.Soundararajan/TMS and by the sensational acting with wonderful lips-movements by “Nadigar Thilagam”-Sivaji Ganesan
and the people-popular acting of “Makkal Thilagam” M.G.Ramachandran/MGR.
Kannadasan’s Tamil Movie Songs for other heroes and actors, like Gemini Ganesan, Muthuraman and Chandra Baabu of Tamil Cinema also have become popular.