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Life History and Literary Works of Kannadhasan (poet and composer of Tamil movie songs)



PERSONAL:

  • Born: 24 June 1927, cirukUdalpatti
  • Parents: Caathappan and Visaalakshi
  • Given name: Muthaiah
  • Brothers and Sisters: 8
  • Education: Elementary School at cirukudalpatti, High school at Amaravathi pudur, upto 8th Std.
  • First job: Thiruvattiyur, Ajax Company
  • Literary job: 1944 as Editor of "Thirumakal"
  • First poetry: in 1944; 1945-46 Film Music, Editor 'mEthAvi'; 1949 Editor 'candamArutham'; 1949 training in film field
  • first song: 1949, Film-kanniyin kAdali, song -kalangkAthiru manamE
  • Politics: 1949 D.M.K member of the early days
  • Marriage: 1950 Ponnazhagi-Parvathi
  • First literary work: 'mAngkani', written while in prison (1952-53 Dalmiapuram name change protest)
  • story, dialogue: 'illaRa jyothi' in 1952 while in jail
  • First newspaper: 1954 'thenRal', then 'thenRal thirai', caNdamArutham (twice monthly); 1956 - 'mullai' literary monthly
  • Election: 1957 Lost in the II General Election contest from ThirukOzhtiyUr constituency, representing DMK.
  • Film Production: 1957 'mAlaiyitta mangkai'; 1958-59 'civakangkai ceemai', 'kavaiyillAtha manithan'
  • Change in Politics: 1960-61 Leave DMK party, start 'thenRal' daily
  • New Party: Tamil Nationalist Party under the leadership of Sampath; 'thenRal thiRai' daily start; 1962-63 join Congress
  • Again Films: 'vAnampAdi'; 'iraththath thilakam'; 'karuppup paNam'
  • Travels: 1970 to Russia; to Malaysia in 1971, 1975; to USA in 1981
  • Awards: Received best song composer award from the state and central government; State Poet 1978; Sakitya Academy Award in 1979 for 'cEramAn kAthali'; Annamalai Memorial Award 1979 for Best Poet
  • Last Days: Travel to Chicago on 24th July 1981 for health reasons; died on 17 Oct 1981; body brought to Madras on 20 Oct 81, last rites on 22 Oct 81 with full government honours
  • pen names: kAraimuthup pulavar, vaNangkAmUdi, kamakappriyA, pArvathinAthan, Arokkiyacami
  • Contributions: Epics, storys, essays, poems, drama, biography totalling 105. Many yet to be published; composed over 5000 film songs
  • Family: 2 wifes, 9 sons and 5 daughters

LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS - NOVELS

  • aval oru inthup peN (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • civappukal mUkkuththi (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • raththa pushpangkaL (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • swarna caraswathi (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • nadantha kathai (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • micA (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • curuthi cErAtha rAkangkaL (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • muppathu nALum powrNami (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • kadal koNda thennAdu (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • arangkamum antharankamum (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • Ayiram thIvu angkayarkanni (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • theivath thirumaNangkaL nAtakam (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • AyirangkAl maNdapam (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • athaivida rakaciyam (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • kAthal koNda thennAdu (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • oru kavingnanin kathai (ponni ulakam, chennai, 1978; kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • cingkAri partha cennai (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • vElangkattiyUr vizha (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • viLakku mattumA civappu (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • vanavAcam (vanathi pathipakam,chennai, 1981)
  • athaivida irakaciyam (vanathi pathipakam, chennai, 1981)
  • pirunthaavanam (vaanathi pathipakam, chennai, 1994)

LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS - BIOGRAPHY

  • enathu vacantha kAlangkaL
  • enathu cuyacaritham

LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS -ESSAYS

  • kadaicip pakkam (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • pOi varukirEn
  • anthi, canthi, arthajAmam
  • nAn pArtha araciyal (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • eNNangkaL 1000
  • thalaiyangkangkaL (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • katturaikaL
  • vAzhkai ennnum cOlaiyilE
  • kudumba cukam
  • NYAnamAlikA
  • rAgamAlikA
  • ilakkiyaththil kAthal
  • thOttaththu malarkaL
  • ilakkiya uththangkaL (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • pOi varukirEn (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)

LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS - BIOGRAPHY

  • enathu vacantha kAlangkaL
  • enathu cuyacaritham (ponaruvi pathipakam,chennai, 1978; kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • vanavAcam

LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS - RELIGIOUS WORKS

  • arththamuLLa inthu matham, in 10 parts
  • thunpangkaLilirunthu viduthalai
  • NYAnam pirantha kathai
  • nenjukku nimmathi/arththamuLLa inthumatham 6 (kannadaasan pathipaham, chennai, 1992)
  • cukamAna cinthanaikaL
  • pOkam, rOkam, yOkam/arththamuLLa inthumatham 8 (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • jnaanaththai thEdi/arthamuLLa inthumatham 9 (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • unnaiE nI arivAy
  • ambikai azhaku tharicanam
  • pon mazhai
  • cangara pokkisham (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)

LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS - COMMENTARIES

  • abirAmi anthAthi
  • thirukuRaL kAmaththupAl -urai
  • kULappa nAyakkan kAthal
  • bhavadgita - commentary
  • thiruppAvai - commentary
  • muththoLLAyiram - commentary
  • kAmacAsthiram - commentary

LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS -POETRY

  • kaNNadAcan kavithaikaL - 6 vols (vaanathi pathipakam, chennai, 1975)
  • film songs - 2 vols.
    thirai icai paadalkaL (vaanathi pathipakam, chennai, 1988)
  • paadik koduththa mangalangkaL (vaanathi pathipakam, chennai, 1991)
  • kavithAnyali
  • thAippAvai
  • sri kirushNa kavacham (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • avaLukkaaka oru pAdal (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)
  • curuthi cErAtha raakangkaL (kannadaasan pathipakam, chennai, 1992)

LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS -PLAYS

  • anArkali (vaanathi pathipakam, chennai, 1994)
  • civakangkaic ceemai
  • rAja thaNdanai

Acknowledgement:
It is with great pleasure, I would like to acknowledge permission given by Kannadasan family (particularly his son Gandhi Kannadasan) to put up this Homage page to Kavingar Kannadasan and to include extracts of his works at this web site.
Most of the Kannadaasan's works are being published (incl. reprint of early works) by Kannadaasan Pathipakam (12, Kannadaasan Salai, T. Nagar, Chennai-600 017, Tel:433 2682/81; 044-433 8712. E-MAIL: kanna@md2.vsnl.net.in



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