Stories from another day

SEVERAL LUMINARIES of the Tamil literary field and other walks of life lauded Tamil writer and journalist, Vikiraman for his work, on the occasion of his 75th birthday on Sunday.

The function at the Anand Theatre complex also witnessed the release of the books — `Vazhumpode oru varalaru', a biography of Vikiraman by Pinnalur M. Vivekanandan, `Vikiramanin Muthal Navalgal', a collection of works and `Paranthaman Magal', another historic novel by the author who has made the genre his trademark.

The organisers of the function presented a cash award of Rs. 2.5 lakh to the writer on the occasion. Vikiraman also received the J.G. Kannapan - Vasuki Charitable Foundation Award and thanked all the speakers along with his wife Rajalakshmi Vikraman. In his speech, the writer pledged donation of his eyes.

Those to felicitate Vikraman included `Kamban Kazhagan' president R.M. Veerapan, Tamil virtual university vice-chancellor, V.C. Kulandaiswamy, Dinamalar editor, R. Krishnamurthy, Nalli Kuppuswamy, former Doordarshan director, A. Natarajan, S.M. Umar, actress Lakshmi and Sudar Murugaiya.

A few others who sent letters to felicitate Vikraman as they were unable to be present at the venue included New Delhi-based National Cultural Organisation chairman, N.P. Seshadri and Planning Commission member, K. Venkatasubramaniam. In his message, Mr. Seshadri said, "Vikiraman is a pride of India and has served the cause of Tamil journalism and our composite culture through powerful writings for over six decades now."

The speakers congratulated Vikiraman for his encouragement to several other writers over the past six decades through his writings and also as the editor of the Tamil magazine, Amuda Surabi. He has written 59 novels and has been the editor of Amuda Surabi for more than 52 years.

Lakshmi said an entire generation had grown up reading Vikiraman's articles and stories in Amuda Surabi. She however lamented that the present generation, particularly the women, were not interested in reading and were instead hooked to serials on satellite television.

By Karthik Subramanian

Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

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