His novel ‘Visaaranai Commission’ won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1998.

Sa Kandasamy Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi awardee passes away at 80பா.ஜம்புலிங்கம் / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)
news Death Friday, July 31, 2020 - 19:15

Tamil novelist, documentary filmmaker and Sahitya Akademi awardee Sa Kandasamy passed away in Chennai on Friday morning. He was 80. According to reports, he was undergoing treatment in a private hospital in the city and suffered a heart attack on Friday. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. 

Born in Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu on July 31, 1940, Kandasamy got his first break in the literary world in 1968, when his novel ‘Saayavanam Puthinam’ was published. This novel was listed as one of the masterpieces of modern literature by the National Book Trust according to reports. He has written at least seven novels and 11 short stories in his lifetime. 

Kaaval deivangal, a documentary based on his study of south Indian terracotta, made by Doordarshan, won the top honours at the Cyprus Angino Film Festival in Nicosia in 1989. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award in 1998 for his Tamil novel ‘Visaaranai Commission’. Another novel written by him, ‘Tholaindhu ponavargal’, was made into a television serial. 

He was also granted a fellowship by the Lalit Kala Akademi of the government of Tamil Nadu in 1995 for his contribution to the development of art. 

Condolences poured in from politicians and literary figures on social media for his demise. 

DMK MP and poet Kanimozhi Karunanithi tweeted her condolences, calling his death as a “huge loss to the Tamil creative world”. 

“His ‘Saayavanam’ spoke about the destruction of nature due to industrialisation. ‘Visaaranai Commission’ novel shed light on the bad side of the police. Sa Kandasamy was a great person who loved people and embraced them with their flaws,” she wrote in her tweets. 

AMMK Chief TTV Dhinakaran expressed his condolences on Twitter and said Sa Kandasamy’s literary creations will remain as reminders of his glory. “His works including novels, short stories, essays and documentary films spanning over half a century will sing his glory forever. I express my deepest condolences to his family members and friends,” he tweeted. 

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