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Periyar awards presented to Tamil writers

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Ponneelan and Koothankudi Ramanujam praised for highlighting social issues in their works

penning history:K.Veeramani, Chancellor, Periyar Maniammai University, presenting the Periyar awards to Ponneelan, second from right, in Thanjavur on Sunday. (From left) N.Ramachandran, vice chancellor, PMU; Thinnappan, National University, Singapore; and Koothankudi Ramanujam, are in the picture.Photo: B.Velankanni Raj
penning history:K.Veeramani, Chancellor, Periyar Maniammai University, presenting the Periyar awards to Ponneelan, second from right, in Thanjavur on Sunday. (From left) N.Ramachandran, vice chancellor, PMU; Thinnappan, National University, Singapore; and Koothankudi Ramanujam, are in the picture.Photo: B.Velankanni Raj

Literary flavour marked the 38th death anniversary function of late leader Periyar at Periyar Maniammai University here on Sunday. Periyar literary awards and cash awards were presented to two Tamil writers on the occasion.

The awards were presented to Ponneelan for his book ‘Marupakkam' and Koothankudi Ramanujam for his book ‘Cauvery Mannin Netraya Manidhargal'.

Reviewing the book ‘Marupakkam', Nam.Srinivasan from the Department of Tamil, Mannar Thirumalai Nayakkar College, Madurai, said that it propagated principles of Dravidian parties .

The book speaks through its characters about issues such as caste clashes, class struggle, cultural invasion, women's liberation and social justice. Mr.Ponneelan, who has won many accolades for his works in the field of poem, political analysis, history, has written the novel based on the Mandaikadu incidents in Kanyakumari district. Mr.Ponneelan is a Sahitya Academi awardee and has also bagged the State government's award for outstanding literary works.

“It is very appropriate that the Periyar award is given to ‘Maruppakkam', as the novel preaches the ideals of Periyar,” Mr. Nam.Srinivasan said.

Palani Arangasamy, Director, Periyar Sinthanai Maiyyam, who reviewed the book of Koothankudi Ramanujam said that the author was not a well-known writer but has given one of the best books in Tamil literature.

In his own style the author has brought about his experiences in his villages and about issues such as dowry, children sending their parents to old age homes. K.Veeramani, Chancellor of Periyar Maniammai University, presented the awards to the two writers. Suba.

Thinnappan from National University Singapore said that according to Periyar literature should be the medium to preach good character. He did not approve of books that deviated from culture and character building. Periyar hailed Thirukkural and popularised it by organising conferences.

Periyar has contributed extensively to Tamil language reforms, Mr.Thinnappan said. N.Ramachandran, vice chancellor, welcomed the gathering.

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