Special Correspondent

PUDUKOTTAI: People from various walks of life paid glowing tributes to the memory of late writer Gandarvan and said he brought laurels to Pudukottai district.

They were speaking at a seminar and cultural night organised by the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers’ Association in memory of the late writer here recently.

Noted Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademy awardee Jayakanthan said that Gandarvan was a talented writer, who gave top priority to human values. He was a multi-faceted personality and his achievements were being hailed by the entire Tamil writers fraternity.

The Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, S. Regupathi said late Gandarvan evinced keen interest in the overall development of women and highlighted various problems confronting the women through his poems and short stories.

Lyricist N. Muthukumar said that Gandarvan was a gifted writer, who left no stone unturned to identify and encourage the hidden talents. The State president of the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers’ Association, Arunan delivered the inaugural address. The State general secretary of the Association, Tamil Selvan, State deputy general secretary, N. Muthunilavan, vice-presidents, S. A. Perumal and Nandalala also spoke.

Mr. Regupathi on the occasion honoured the widow of the late writer and distributed prizes to student winners of various competitions. Mr. Jayakanthan distributed cash awards of Rs.5,000, Rs.3,000 and Rs.2,000 to the first three place winners respectively of the world Gandarvan memorial short story contest. The book titled ‘Echangal’ which comprised the prize winning short stories in the world short stories contest, ‘Seevan’ containing the selective writings of Gandarvan and ‘Yezhuthu Kalaignan Gandarvan’ authored by M. Murugesh, ‘Gandarvan Padaipulagam’ authored by Jananesan and ‘Pazhaiya Sorum and Baadam keerum’ by Idayageethan of Theni were released at the function. Melanmai Ponnusamy and other writers released them.