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Devan popular in U.S.

SUGANTHY KRISHNAMACHARI

Two artists were honoured at a function held in the writer's memory.

Photo : R. Ravindran

Feted: (From left )V. Chandru, Dr. Pasupathy, K.S.N. Sundar and Charukesi, trustee, Devan Endowments.

Dr. S. Pasupathy, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, Canada, and a distinguished alumnus awardee of IIT Madras, expressed his happiness over the large number of fans of the great writer Devan among Tamilians in North America. He was the chief guest at the Devan Memorial function, held recently at Sivagami Pethachi auditorium. At the event, two theatre artists K.S.N. Sundar and V. Chandru were honoured.

Speaking on the presence of Devan, one of the greatest of 20th century Tamil writers, known for his witty stories, on the internet, he said that there were many links to articles on the writer published in newspapers and magazines. Popular blogs like ‘Idli Vadai' and ‘Koottanchoru' have essays on him. There are websites, like that of Bhagyam Ramaswamy, for instance, that have his out-of-print stories such as ‘Mr.Rajamani', his first short story.

Poems on Devan

Devan's works enjoy so much popularity, that poems on him have been written too. One of them is by a professor of mathematics, and another is by Ananthanarayanan, a Professor in McMaster's University, Canada. Pasupathy himself has written a poem on the books he enjoyed reading, and quite a bit of it is devoted to Devan. Titled ‘Thedi Thedi', it speaks of how Pasupathy would go book hunting, for there was a time when Devan could only be found in the hearts of his admirers, but not in print.

Luckily Devan's novels and some short stories are now available, but the others must be published too, at least before his centenary year in 2013, Pasupathy said.

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