Perumal Murugan is the most powerful voice of the Tamil Literature Who stood against the test of religious orthodoxy. After being tortured by the fanatics for his controversial novel One Part Woman he called off writing but the undying spirit of the writer is back with the publication of his latest novel Poonachi. As a professor of Tamil literature, Murugan has made several contributions to research and academic study of Tamil literature specific to the Kongunadu region, including building a lexicon of words, idioms and phrases special to Kongunadu. He has also extensively researched and documented Kongu folklore, especially the ballads on Annamar Sami, a pair of folk deities. In addition, Murugan has worked on publishing authoritative editions of classical Tamil texts. He has also republished works of literature relating to the Kongu region. Major works: Eru Veyyil (Rising Heat) Nizhal Mutram (Current Show), Koolamadari (Seasons of the Palm), Kanganam (Resolve), Madhurobhagan(One Part Woman) ,Aalandap Patchi (The Misanthropic Bird), Poonachi( The Story of a Black Goat) Mayanathil Nitkum Maram , Nigazh Uravu, Gomuki Nadhikarai Koozhaangal, Neer Midakkum Kanngal, Velli Shani Bhudhan Nyayaru Vzhyayan Chevvai (Poetry Collection). Awards: In 2005, Perumal Murugan’s novel Seasons of the Palm was shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize. In 2017, the English translation of Murugan’s novel Madhorubhagan, or One Part Woman, by Aniruddhan Vasudevan, won the Sahitya Akademi’s Translation Prize.
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