V.D. Gopalakrishnan alias Poovannan, a Tamil writer, is no more. He died on Friday morning at his residence in Saibaba Colony.
Born on September 5, 1932, Gopalakrishnan worked as a faculty in the Department of Tamil in D.G. Vaishnav College and for a short while also at the Tamil college in Perur.
He was one of the well-known children’s writer in Tamil as is evident in the number of his published works.
Of the 150 books published thus far, 100 were targeted at children. And a few of his books have found a place in the curricula of Madras University, Bharathiar University, Bharathidasan University, Kerala University and Bangalore University.
In all, he has received 22 awards and those include awards from the Government of India, Tamil Nadu Government, Tamil University and writers’ associations.
Poovannan also had the honour of winning the ‘Best Children’s Writer’ award in 1991 from the National Council for Child Education. His other honours include selection as the best story writer in 1970 for ‘Namma Kuzhandaigal’ and, again, as the best story writer in 1979 for ‘Anbin Alaigal’.
He is survived by wife and three children.