Monday, March 3, 2008

Tribute to Wriiter Sujatha

It has been a real long long time since I blogged....but this is one occasion which made me fight my laziness and write this blog.I was not keeping in touch with the news in tinsletown chennai, I had a seminar last Friday in my college where one of the speakers metioned about electronic voting machine which was introduced by LATE Sujatha......I was for a moment suprised! I did'nt react, that is when the news sunk in...that he passed away on wednesday in a private hospital.

I am a person who you will not catch reading anything that is written in tamil, mainly due to the fact my grasping power of tamil is very less as compared to english. but one exception to this is writer Sujatha's works. I usually read it from Ananda Vikatan, my favorites were usually 'Ganesh Vasanth', 'Srirangathu Devathaikal', and am a follower of 'Katrathum Petrathum'.Just the week before I was talking to my friend about calling speakers for our Youth Convention, that I spoke about him. It is such a sad news, which caught me unaware, and a great loss to the country.

About Writer Sujatha

He was born on May 3, 1935 and is the writer of over 100 novels, 200 short stories, essays stage plays, and popular articles and Q&A on science His real name is S. Rangarajan. As a well-known contemporary Tamil writer. Sujatha is considered among the foremost.

He is a well known columnist, most notably his "Kadaisi Pakkam" (last page) in Kanaiyazhi magazine, and "Katradhum... Petrathum..." (Learned and acquired...) In Anandha Vikatan magazine had a wide readership. He served for a short time as the editor of Kumudham magazine. He has also written stories, screenplays and dialogues for several Tamil movies. In addition, he has contributed to educational CD-ROMs.

He was the Chief of the team that designed the EVM or the Electronic Voting Machine during his tenure in Bharat Electronics as General Manager of R & D The machine is presently used in elections all over India.

Sujatha ( S.Rangarajan) was born in Triplicane, Chennai but spent his childhood in Srirangam near Tiruchirapalli under the care of his paternal grandmother owing to his father's frequent transfers in his government job. Rangarajan attended school in Srirangam Boys Highschool. He did his bachelors degree in physics in St.Joseph's College, Trichy where he was the classmate of President Abdul Kalam. Later on, he did his engineering in electronics at the Madras Institute of Technology. His writing interests were largely inspired by the short stories and serials published in popular Tamil magazines and literary magazines... "Sriranganthu Devathigal" (Angels of Srirangam) was a famous series based on life in that town the 50’s. His first short stories appeared in Kumudham. “Paalam" (bridge) published in Anandha Vikatan attracted reader’s attention.

After his Engineering degree he appeared in a competitive examination and joined the central government in Delhi.After 14 years in government service, he joined Bharat Electronics Bangalore.

In Bharat Electronics he rose to the post of general manager.After retirement he lives in Chennai ..

Sujatha received an award from the India's National Council for Science and Technology in 1993 for making science accessible to the public through popular media. He also received the VASWIK award for Electronic Voting Machine and Kalaimamani award from the Tamilnadu Government.

Sujatha is undoubtedly the most versatile Tamil writer – ranging from short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, movie dialogues, science essays and general non-fiction.. Sujatha has also pioneered science fiction stories in Tamil. He has the ability to explain science in very simple terms to the lay reader.

Sujatha brought freshness to Tamil writing on diverse topics. His interests include archeology, astrophysics, biotechnology, neuro sciences, ic music, ancient Tamil literature, sociology and many others.

He is an avid reader and uses his columns as a forum to point out good writers, and poets . He is also actively involved in several projects developing software for Tamil

His wife is a postgaduate in sociology Both his sons are in software .

The prolific writer suffered form renal disorder and died on Wednesday night at a private hospital. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

These are some other blogs which have paid their tribute to this prolific writer

He also had close association with the film world. Ninaithale Inikkum (Balachander), Roja(Mani Ratnam), Indian (Shankar) and Nadodi Thendral (Bharathi Raja) were some of the movies in which he collaborated with great directors spanning several decades.
Later Sujatha became as a permanent script writer for Mani Rathnam and Shankar. Most of their films including Iruvar, Kannathil Muthamittal, Ayutha Azhuthu, Guru, Jeans, Muthalvan, Boys, Anniyan and the latest Blockbuster Shivaji were written by Sujatha only.

His latest ground works for Mani Rathnam's yet to be titled film, an Aishwarya-Abhishek starrer almost completed..He had mentioned that when he handed over the completed script for Robot (based on En Iniya Iyanthra and Meendum Jeano), he told Shankar that he had completed his work satisfactorily and that it will be his last film.

Sujatha's demise is an irreparable loss to the Tamil literary world. A prolific writer who covered everything under the sun ranging from social character to metaphysics, Sujatha was aware of all what transpired in the society, observed them, analysed them and always ensured these reflected in his writings. His sharp intellect made him "live" in his writings and he "lived" till his death.

I also wish to post the condolence message of Ulaganayagan Kamal Hassan, who was a close friend of Writer Sujatha

May his soul rest in peace, and ny deep felt condolences to his family.

A Place To Rest
God looked down on your body,
So tired from hanging on,
From a life that was overwhelming you,
And wanted back His son.
So he took away the air you breathe,
And gave you what was best,
A place to be at peace,
A final place to rest.

You may also visit his homepage Writer Sujatha

Driving people insane as always

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