3 May 1935
(Tamil literature), Author, Editor, Screen play
writer, Scientist, Engineer, Columnist, Co-Producer
Wife – Sujatha Rangarajan (Postgaduate
Sons – Kesava prasad, Ranga prasad
- Boys High School, Srirangam
College - Bachelor’s degree in physics
at St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchy and Bachelor's
degree in Electronics at the MIT, Chennai.
Multiple organ failure at Apollo hospital, chennai
Tamil magazines he was associated with
Kaniazhi, Ananda Vikatan, Junior vikatan, Kumudam,
Kalki, Rani, dhinamani kadhir and Saavi
* Carnatic music
* Tamil literature
Short story : Sivaji (1953) in Kumudam
Novel : Nylon Kayuru
Tamil Cinema : Gayathri
& dialogues for Tamil movies
* Ninaithaley Inikkum
* Karaiyellam Senbagpoo
* From the Heart
* Nadodi Thendra
* Dil se
* Kannathil Muthamittal
* Ayutha Ezhuthu
* Kandukondein Kandukondein
* Has the ability to explain science in very simple
* Used to answer science queries in Ananda vikatan.
* He introduced scientific approach and sharp
intelligence in Tamil cinema.
Has written books on Vaishnavite literature
* He entered into Tamil cinema through the movie
'Gayathri' which was made based on his novel 'Gayathri'.
* He became a permanent script writer for Mani
Rathnam and Shankar.
* It is said that the 'Robot' title of Rajini's
movie was suggested by him. He also suggested
'Iyandiran' and 'Iyandira' as titles. Also it
is based on his novels 'En Iniya Iyanthira' and
* His 'Karai Ellaam Shenbaga Poo' was translated
to French by the author Mrs. Madancalliany Shanmuganandan.
He wrote different dramas especially for the stage
actor poornam viswanathan.
He and former president Abdul Kalam were classmates
while studying in St. Joseph's College, Tiruchi.
He also let people know about the excellent works
of wonderful writers in Tamil like Rajanarayanan,
Sundara Ramaswamy, Jayamohan, La Sa Ra, Pudhumaipithan
etc., by writing about them in his columns.
He worked on creating Tamil fonts for 'Movie Magic'
for Marudhanaayagam movie.
* He was brought up in Srirangam, near Tiruchi
by his paternal grandmother as his father was
facing frequent transfers.
* After working in civil aviation department
for 14 years, he joined Bharat Electronics in
* He has contributed for educational CD-ROMs
While he started writing, as there was another
Rangarajan (Ra.Ki) in kumudam, he used his wife's
Tamil PC team, a small team working under his
guidance brought out easy-to-use Tamil Linux .
* Received award from Indian National council
for Science and Technology (1993)
* VASWIK Award for Electronic Voting Machine.
* Kalaimamani Award from the Tamil Nadu Government.
* MYLAPORE Academy award for doordharshan best
serial "Mahan Ramanujar".
Novels – 100
Short stories – 250
Science – 10
Stage Plays – 10
Has written some poems too
Crazy Mohan :
"He is one of the most multi-faceted writers in
Tamil. His writing was terrific, consistent and
extremely informative. He could write just about
anything with amazing ease. Sujatha was certainly
"He didn’t think writing as his profession. He
loved it. He never felt proud of his writings.
He was a down-to-earth humble person. Because
of him my reading interest improved a lot".
comment about his writing
"I have never obtained the happiness & satisfaction
again which I felt when my first short story Sivaji
was published. If someone could search and give
me a copy of the story, I might give them a part
of my property".
for upcoming writers
Read a lot: Read not only in the language
you want to write but also in other languages.
Put your perspective on what you read.
Put your thoughts down: Don’t wait for
the entire story to shape up in your mind. Put
down things as you come across and then organize.
Write what you know: Develop story lines
based on what you know and stretch a little through