Noted Tamil writer Ki. Rajanarayanan died in Puducherry last night after a brief illness. He was 98. Fondly called as KiRa, he was admired as a folklorist and father of Karisal (black soil land) Literature.
He was a recipient of Sahitya Academy award for his novel ‘Gopalapurathu Makkal’ in the year 1991. He also served as a member of Sahitya Akademi General Council and advisory board from 1998 to 2002.
Lt. Governor of Puducherry, Tamilisai Soundararajan and Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy expressed condolences on his demise.