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Age failed to dim Karuna's flair for pity prose

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Age did not wither his pithy prose as wrote his last script at the age of 90 for a television serial based on the life of 11th century reformer-saint Ramanuja, who strove for an egalitarian society.

Scripting dialogues for the television soap based on the Vaishnavite saint in 2015, had praised Ramunja for throwing his weight behind the oppressed and backward classes.

Karunanidhi, who passed away yesterday aged 94, took keen interest in literature, poetry and drama.

As a teenager, he ran a handwritten magazine "Manava Nesan" in 1941.

In 1947, wrote the screenplay and dialogue for blockbuster 'Rajakumari', the debut movie of M G Ramachandran, who later became his arch political rival and founded the AIADMK.

Little did the know that his dialogues in 'Parasakthi, which debutant Sivaji Ganesan delivered with panache, would become a big hit and aid in boosting his political career as well.

A par excellence, Karunanidhi began penning scripts as a 20-year-old for plays which became a vehicle for propagating the egalitarian principles of the Dravidian movement.

A voracious reader and prolific author, he went on to write screenplays and dialogues for over 50 movies, prominent among them being "Parasakthi".

Manohara' (1954), 'Malaikallan' (1954), 'Rangon Radha' (1956) were among the movies in which he was involved as a

In addition to penning dialogues, he had also written stories for movies, including successful films like 'Marudanattu Ilavarasi', 'Mandiri Kumari (both 1950), Tirumbipar (1953) and Arasilangkumari (1961).

'Mani Makudam', 'Marakka Mudiyuma', 'Avan Pithana', 'Pookkari' and 'Needhikku Thandanai' were among his several other movies.

A noted author, Karunanidhi has over 100 works to his credit, including poems and novels.

His novels include 'Romapuri Pandian', 'Thenpandi Singam', 'Nenjukku Needhi' (his autobiography and commentary on contemporary politics), Sanga Thamizh, Kuraloviam, Ponnar Shankar, Thirukkural Urai.

His stage plays include 'Manimagudam', 'Ore Ratham', 'Thooku Medai,' 'Kagithapoo' and 'Silapathikarum.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 11:20 IST
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