A slice of the sixties brought to life

T. Ramakrishnan

The pieces written by Ka.Naa.Su. sensitised Tamil readers

CHENNAI: The 1960s marked an important phase in the history of Tamil Nadu on many counts.

The decade saw the birth of several "little magazines." It was during this period that Ilakkia Vattam, and Nadai were published. Illakkia Vattam ran from 1963 to 1965 and Nadai from 1968 to 1970. The former was edited by the by Ka.Naa. Subramanyam and the latter by C. Mani. While Illakkia Vattam published articles, reviews, brief notes on literary works and writers of the world, Nadai was essentially a forum for poets. Gnanakoothan, Vaideeswaran and Shanmuga Subbiah were among the poets whose works were published by this journal. The pieces written by Ka.Naa.Su. sensitised Tamil readers of higher literary achievements not only of Tamil and other Indian language writers but also writers of the world.

Compilations from the two journals have now been brought out by K.A. Sachidananandan in two separate tomes, thanks to the support given by Sandhya Publication.