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Vallikannan Profile

  • Name:
  • Vallikannan
  • Other Name:
  • Rajavallipuram S. Krishnasamy
  • Born:
  • November 12, 1920
  • Died:
  • November 9, 2006

Vallikannan Biography

Vallikannan was a prominent writer belonging to Tamil literature, who lived during 12 November 1920 – 9 November 2006 period in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. He was a journalist too. His works include – poetry, novels, plays, short story collections, translations, essays etc. He wrote a total of 75 books during his lifetime. In 1978, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil language for his critical work on modern Tamil poetry titled Pudukavithaiyin Thottramum Valarchiyum. He was a contemporary of noted writer and journalist, Ku. Alagirisami and his close friend too. Vallikannan was a simple Gandhian and many of his works were associated with Gandhian thought. He led a simple life.


His real name is Rajavallipuram S. Krishnasamy, and he is also addressed as R. S. Krishnasamy. Vallinakkan is his pseudonym he used for his literary career. A writer with many facets, he was a well-known critic and journalist too. He also wrote biography works. A writer with rare talent, he committed to a life of seclusion and hard work. He entered the world of creative writing in the 1930s during his teens. He hailed from a tiny hamlet of Rajavallipuram in Tirunelveli district. His family wanted to settle him with a family life with a secure job. However he chose Gandhian writing, when he got exposed to a journal by name, Kirama Oozhiyan to the disappointment of his family members.


He left Rajavallipuram to the distant city of Chennai to improve his writing skills and pursue a career. He spent his entire time in reading and writing, and influenced by the writings of Kalki, Pudumaipithan, C.S.Chellappa and many more. Bharathidasanin uvamai nayam, Pudhukavidhayin Thorramum Valarchiyum, Saraswathi Kalam, Bharathikkuppin Tamil Urai Nadai and Thamizhil Siru Pathirikkaigal are some of the works published by this writer.

Published: September 02, 2018

Updated: September 02, 2018

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