Popular Tamil writer Ashokamitran passes away in Chennai at age 85

Chennai: Noted Tamil litterateur Ashokamitran passed away in Chennai on Thursday night, after a brief illness, aged 85.

He is survived by his wife and three sons, senior journalist and Ashokamitran's son T Ramakrishnan told PTI.

Ashokamitran. YouTube

Ashokamitran. YouTube

A well known novelist and essayist, he was noted for his subtlety and refreshing creativity in expression.

Born Thiagarajan, he assumed the pseudonym Ashokamitran in the 1960s.

His work "Appavin Snegithargal", a collection of short stories won him the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1996.

"18-vadhu Atchakkodu", translated into English as "The Eighteenth Parallel", is one of his highly acclaimed novels.

Widely travelled, many of his works have been translated into English and European languages.

He was given the Tiru Vi Ka Award in 2014 for his contribution to Tamil literature by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

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Updated Date: Mar 24, 2017 11:44:17 IST

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