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Writer, artist receive Devan Memorial Medal

Special Correspondent

50th death anniversary of Tamil writer commemorated

— Photo: R. Ragu

RECOGNISING EXCELLENCE: N. Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu , presenting the Devan Memorial Medal to writer Thenkachi Go. Swaminathan at a function on Saturday. Charukesi (extreme left), Managing Trustee, Devan Endowments, and artist Jaya raj, another recipient of the medal, are in the picture.

CHENNAI: Writer and orator Thenkachi Go. Swaminathan and artist Jayaraj were awarded the Devan Memorial Medal on the occasion of the 50th death anniversary of the Tamil writer.

Presenting the medals, N. Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu , said it was appropriate that two outstanding achievers were chosen to be honoured on the occasion.

Devan and Kalki Krishnamurthy were instrumental in giving modern Tamil writing its shape and form. After Kalki's exit from Ananda Vikatan, Devan joined the magazine and held sway over readers for more than 20 years, Mr. Murali said. His ability to write fiction and non-fiction, travelogues and prose in an informal humorous way endeared Devan to readers.

He commended the family of Devan and the trustees, Devan Endowments, for propagating the writer's works and contributing for a number of humanitarian causes. Later, he received reprints of four books from Kizhakku Pathipagam publisher Badri Seshadri.

Mr. Thenkachi Go. Swaminathan's acceptance speech was laced with the kind of humour radio listeners have come to expect of him. He said it was a great honour to have received the medal instituted in the name of Devan, a man who had the key that could unlock the laughter that was innate and buried in people.

Mr. Jayaraj, the illustrator whose line drawings of Appusamy and Seetha Patti brought the two characters of Baghyam Ramasamy's fiction to life and endeared them to readers, said it was a privilege to be a recipient of the medal.

Charukesi, managing trustee, Devan Endowments, spoke.

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