Ramaswamy Aiyer Krishnamurthy (9 September 1899 -
5 December 1954), better known by his pen name Kalki, was a Tamil
writer, journalist, poet, critic and Indian independence activist.
He derived his pen name from his wife's name Kalyani and his
name Krishnamurthy in Tamil to form Kalki.
His writings include over 120 short stories, 10 novelettes, 5
novels, 3 historical romances, editorial and political writings and
hundreds of film and music reviews. (Courtesy: Wikipedia).
Kalki is particularly known for his two great works ? Sivakamiyin
Sabatham and Ponniyin Selvan. The latter was serialised in the Tamil
weekly Kalki during the period 1951 to 1954. That was the last work
written by him.
Ponniyin Selvan, written in five volumes, narrates the story of
Arulmozhivarman (later crowned as Rajaraja Chozhan). one of the
kings of the Chozha Dynasty during the 10th and 11th centuries. The
cast includes several other characters, some of them real, some
imaginary but none boring. The author’s influence on his readers is
borne by the fact that many children born during that time (and even
much later) were named after the characters of this story. Ask someone
whose name is Nandini or Kunthavai; her father would be a fan of Kalki
and would have read Ponniyin Selvan at least half-a-dozen times.
Kalki's another novel Alai Osai, set at the time of the Indian
independence Struggle, got him the Sahithya Academy Award
posthumously in 1956.
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