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Updated: December 20, 2010 23:09 IST

Sahitya Akademi award for Nanjil Nadan

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Nanjil Nadan.
Nanjil Nadan.

Thirtyfive years after winning the Ilakkiya Chinthanai award for his first short story Viradham, Tamil writer Nanjil Nadan, has won the Sahitya Akademi award for 2010.

“I am happy. But I am not in a mood to celebrate. I have always been a critic of the Sahitya Akademi, because I strongly feel that it has neglected good writers. Still, I appreciate the gesture,” Nanjil Nadan told The Hindu from Coimbatore.

He has penned six novels, 112 short stories (now available in three volumes), several essays and poetry. The Sahitya Akademi award is for his short story collection, ‘Soodiya Poo Soodarka.' His novel ‘Thalaikeezh Vigithangal' was adapted and made into a Tamil film titled ‘Solla Marandha Kadhai.'

“I am of the opinion that awards should be given to a writer when he is at his peak. What is the point in giving the award as a retirement benefit,” he asked. In fact, one of his short stories ‘Kumbamuni' is about a writer who rejects the award.

Born as G. Subramaniam, he chose to write under the name Nanjil Nadan, asserting his pride in belonging to the fertile lands in Kanyakumari district.

If his earlier works eloquently captured the plight of people uprooted from their soil and forced to eke out a living as best as they can, the characters he came across during his travels across the country as a sales executive are featured in his subsequent works.

“Basically his writings vent anger against a society that leaves individuals hungry. He portrays the humiliations and sufferings of people who have had to leave their land and work somewhere,” says novelist M. Gopalakrishnan, who wrote the preface for Nanjil Nadan's short story collections.

Mr. Gopalakrishnan says Nanjil Nadan's essays are an expression of anger and a criticism of society and the helplessness of the ordinary man.

“His style is unique and always succeeds in retaining the reader's interest,” he says.

Humour and satire are the underlying aspects of his works. He effortlessly brings in the style and references found in the Tamil classical literary tradition into his work.

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hearty congratulations to thiru.nanjil nadan

from:  dr. mayilam vel.karthikeyan
Posted on: May 27, 2011 at 22:51 IST

Congratulations.I live in Nanjil Nagar near your native place, Veeranamangalam.I have read many of your novels and short stories. Usually I have evening walks between Thirupapthisaram and Veeranamangalam where many of your novels are set amid scenic beauty.

from:  Sundararaman.S
Posted on: Feb 8, 2011 at 21:21 IST

Nanjil nadan sir,I would like to know the book name, you have written about the regional cooking of Tirunelveli and also want to know the future book of 'smaiyal' I ahve read your earlier short stories and it has been a fantastic experience. Vaazhthukal!

from:  Sivasubramanian
Posted on: Dec 27, 2010 at 19:58 IST

Hearty Congratulations to Mr. Naanjil Naadan for winning the Sahithya academy award 2010.

Vai. Gopalakrishnan, Tiruchi-2.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2010 at 15:12 IST

Congratulations! Nanjil Nadan's writings reflected the life in the deep south Tamil Nadu in a realistic manner. In the 80s, while he lived outside TN, he wrote some of the best short stories of that time, in the Kanaiyazhi magazine. Though belated, this award to Nanjil Nadan would make all Tamil Nadans happy and proud!

from:  Srinivasan
Posted on: Dec 24, 2010 at 21:48 IST

Mr Nadan: I like your writings very much. I congratulate the Sahithya Academy for having honoured itself by conferring the award on you. Better late than never. Particularly the pathetic story of Nepalai Gorkhas working as securities in North India moved me very much. It is a true protrayal of such pathetic survival.

from:  S.Subramanian
Posted on: Dec 24, 2010 at 17:25 IST

Iranthu kidantha illakiya thamilai unathu penappaalal.. ootri valrthu thamilai valrthu nimirthu irukum .. engal Tamil naatin Nanjil Nadan-ku vaalthukal..

from:  Mallaiya., rasigan
Posted on: Dec 24, 2010 at 03:05 IST

Hearty Congratulations for winning the Sahitya Akademi award.

from:  Namash V N Mangalam
Posted on: Dec 24, 2010 at 01:13 IST

Nanjil Nadan is a reputed writer. Although, his short stories were recognised by Govt of Tamil Nadu for many years back and were included in 12th Standard Tamil Text books, he was neither invited nor allowed to present his views in the recently held Chemmozhi Tamil Conference in Coimbatore. He is residing in Coimbatore only 6 km away from the venue of Chemmozhi Tamil Conference. His anger towards awards and its timings are very reasonable.

from:  R Sukumar
Posted on: Dec 21, 2010 at 13:56 IST
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