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Karaimuthu Pulavar, Vanangamudi, Kamakappriya, Parvathi Nathan, Arokkiya Saamy
Date of Birth: 24th June 1927
Place of Birth: Sirukoodalpatti, Tamilnadu
Date of Death: 17th October 1981
Place of Death: Chicago, USA
Occupation: Tamil Poet, Tamil Cinema Lyricist, Novelist and Writer.
Awards Won By Kannadasan:
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
LITERARY WORKS OF KANNADASAN:
The following is a list of some of the Novels written by Kannadasan:
Aval Oru Indhu Penn
Ayiram Theevu Angkayarkanni
Muppadhu Nalum Pournami
Suruthi Seratha Raagankal
Vilakku Mattuma Sivappu
- Enathu Vasantha Kalangal,
- Enathu Suyasaritham,
- Vanavasam and
About Kannadasan’s “Vanavaasam”:
In the year 1949, A.L.Muthiah was influenced by the DMK Founder-Leader, ‘Perarignar. C.N.Annadurai / Anna’s speech and policies against-“Brahminism” and Hindu Religions and became a founder-member of DMK.
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 wrote his auto-biography- for the period from 1949 to 1960 in the name of-“Vanavaasam” in the year 1961 after his quitting his political life and re-entered into religious life.
“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 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”.
RELIGIOUS BOOKS WRITTEN BY KANNADASAN:
After re-converting to the belief of God, Kannadasan read and even studied the “Holy Bible” of the Christians and the “Holy Qur’an” of the Muslims and he got satisfied himself that all religions lead only to “God” and he became a very strong believer in God and the Hindu Religion.
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.
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.