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Tamil novelist Balakumaran is dead

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Veteran died today following brief illness, family sources said.

The 71 year-old died at a private hospital here.

K and Union Minister condoled the death of Balakumaran, who had penned a number of novels and short stories.

A celebrated novelist, forayed into literature by starting off with poetry but focused on prose later, only to become one of the prominent writers in the language.

The late was famous for his novels like 'Mercury Pookal' and 'Irumbu Kuthiraigal' which earned him a good fan following.

also published a number of short stories and later entered through script and dialogue writing.

He had worked with top two stars Rajinkanth (film "Baasha") and Kamal Haasan ("Nayagan" and "Guna").

Balakumaran was a recipient of a number of awards, including the state government's 'Kalaimamani' honour.

In his condolence message, hailed the writer's rich contribution to Tamil literature by way of "hundreds of short stories, over 200 novels" and many poems.

In a statement, recalled that he had presented a award to the in January this year.

"The passing away of the affable Balakumaran is a big loss for the Tamil literary world," he said, extending his condolences to the family of the deceased.

Radhakrishnan and many others condoled the demise of Balakumaran.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 16:20 IST