CHENNAI: Tamil poet Puviarasu, one of the founders of the Vaanampadi poetry movement, has won the Sahitya Akademi award for 2009 for his poetry collection Kaioppam (Signature).
The 79-year old Tamil teacher, S. Jagannathan, who was later known as Puviarasu (Tamil version of his original name), launched the Vaanampadi movement along with poets and writers such as Sirpi, Mu. Metha, Prabanchan and C.R. Ravindran and critic Kovai Gnani. He lives in Coimbatore.
“Vaanampadi movement demystified the concept of poetry,” he told The Hindu recalling his days in the short-lived poetry movement between 1971 and 1973. They also published a magazine Vaanampadi. He said Marxism was the prism through which he and his friends of the movement viewed society. This is his second Sahitya Akademy Award.