news Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 05:30

Who wrote famous literary writer Jayakanthan’s last letter before his demise lauding lyrcicst Vairamuthu ? After a letter by widely-respected writer Jayakanthan praising lyricist Vairamuthu was published in a Tamil magazine, Kumudham, his daughter Deepa Lakshmi questioned the veracity of the letter saying that her father had been in no position to read or write anything a few months ahead of his demise, reported Kollytalk. Jayakanthan’s daughter, Deepa , on Monday wrote in a Facebook post ““I’m forced to say this because at times, remaining silent becomes a crime. I came across an interview by Vairamuthu in Kumudam in which an appreciation letter of my father was published; it was also referred to as his last writing.

Those who are close to him are aware of the fact that during the few months before his demise, father was not in a position to read or write anything.” Writing that her father had not read the collection of letters referred to in the letter published in the Kumudham, she said that he had not signed the letter. “Stating something which is entirely contrary to the truth is doing injustice to the great writer’s ideals and this prompted me to come out with this explanation,”she wrote. "“He used to hold the hands of whoever would speak to him, almost like a child.

A great orator, he wasn’t in a position to respond to their talk. It is paining my heart to write this. The letter which was not penned by him and was penned by somebody who came to my father, read it out to him as if it was his own appreciation letter; the person also requested my father if he could use my father’s old signature as affixing this letter." However, lyricist Vairamuthu confirmed to The Hindu  that the letter was in his possession and that he had called and thanked Jayakanthan for the gesture.“I immediately phoned Jayakanthan to thank him for the gesture. He reciprocated my words.

When I told him that I would meet him one day, he said "Vaango (Please come),” he said, according to the report. In the letter which was said to be the writer’s last work before his demise, it was written that Viaramuthu dispelled any uncertainity that a poet could not succeed as a short story writer.  

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