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C. S. Chellappa

(1912 – 1998) – (Tamilnadu)

Chinnamanur Subramaniam Chellappa (Aged 86) was born on September 29, 1912, in Chinnamanur, Tamil Nadu, India. He was a Tamil writer, journalist, and activist of the Indian independence movement. Chellappa was part of the “Manikodi” literary movement, along with Pudhumaipithan, Ku Pa Ra, Va. Ramasamy, N. Pichamoorthi, and A. N. Sivaraman, and founded Ezhuthu, a literary magazine. His novel Suthanthira Thagam won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2001.

Chellappa’s father, Subramanian, was a government employee and a nationalist, and he was born in Batlagundu in 1912. Chellappa received his education in economics in Tuticorin but failed to obtain a degree in English literature. In his early years, he was influenced by Bhagat Singh, but later he embraced Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent ideology. Chellappa participated in the Batlagundu Satyagraha and was arrested on January 10, 1941. He spent six months in jail and, upon his release, established a paper manufacturing industry.

Chellappa started writing in 1934, with the publication of his first story “Margazhi Malar.” By the time of his death on December 18, 1998, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, he had written over 109 short stories and 50 articles.