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Sundara Kaandam, originally published in Tamil portrays the ordeals faced by the Indian women with an uncommon sensitivity. The protagonist Sita is forced into marrying a playboy millionaire Sukumaran. She holds out with determination and he heals with his married life with distant dignity a la epic Ravana.
Giridhar, an idealistic social activist, flits across the canvas with a Rama like visage. Sundara Kaandam is a riveting narrative marked by empathy and perceptiveness.
About the Translator
K S Subramanian (1937) has translated a number of works from Tamil to English: 11 Novels, 7 Novellas, a collection of short stories, 3 collections of essays and 3 volumes of Tamil New poetry. Five volumes of his articles and papers have been published in Tamil. He was a former member of the Tamil Advisory Board of Sahitya Akademi.
About the Author
In an exceptional literary career spanning over half a century and straddling several genres, D Jayakanthan has written over 40 novels, 200 short stories and 15 collections of essays in Tamil. An iconoclast who ridiculed exploitative social norms, his works reveal a deep and nuanced understanding of the complex problems faced by women, and of the many divides in society.
His first film, Unnai Pol Oruvan, based on his novel of the same name, has the unique distinction of being the first Tamil film to receive the Presidentâ€™s Award. Jayakanthan won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1972 for his novel Sila Nerangalil sila Manithargal, and was conferred the Jnanpith Award in2002.