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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Writer Sujatha passes away

Tamil writer Sujatha passed away at a private hospital in the city on Wednesday night. He was 72.

Sujatha was suffering from pneumonia and renal problems and was admitted to Apollo Hospital on February 21. He is survived by his wife Sujatha and two sons. The cremation is on Friday afternoon. Born on May 3, 1935 at Triplicane, S Rangarajan, who started writing under the pseudonym Sujatha, spent his childhood in Srirangam. He graduated from St Joseph’s College, Tiruchy, where he was the classmate of former President Abdul Kalam.

He served the central government for 14 years before joining Bharat Electronics Ltd. While working in Delhi, he started writing short stories in the late 60’s, most of which was published in Kumudam. He has written over 100 novels, short stories, essays, stage plays, movie screenplays, dialogues and science articles. His columns Kadaisi Pakkam (last page) in Kanaiyazhi and Katradhum Petrathum (Learned and Acquired) in Ananda Viketan had a wide readership.

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