|Indira Parthasarathy |
July 7, 1930|
Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
Indira Parthasarathy (commonly known as Ee. Paa.) is the pen name of R. Parthasarathy, a noted Tamil writer and playwright. He has published 16 novels, 10 plays, anthologies of short stories, and essays. He is best known for his plays, "Aurangzeb", "Nandan Kathai" and "Ramanujar".
He has been awarded the Saraswati Samman (1999), and is the only Tamil writer to receive both the Sahitya Akademi Award (1999) and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2004). He received Padma Shri in the year 2010, given by Government of India.
He was born on July 10, 1930 in Chennai in a traditional Iyengar family.
He has written several short stories, plays and novels in Tamil that have been translated into several Indian and world languages.
He has carved a special niche for himself in Tamil literature - his characters, mostly urban intellectuals, speak very openly and analyze deeply what others say. Most of his novels are set in Delhi, where he lived during his working years, or in the Srirangam area of Tamil Nadu, where he spent his childhood. Some of his novels, such as Kuruthi Punal intermingle these two milieus.
Some of Ee. Paa.'s novels are:
Kuruthi Punal (Sahitya Academy Award winning novel)
Helicoptergal Keezhe Irangi Vittana
Plays by Ee. Paa.:
Porvai Porthiya Udalgal
Works in adaptation
- Ramnarayan, Gowri. "The Saturday Interview — The write stuff". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
- "Some poignant moments". The Hindu. September 9, 2005. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
- Press Information Bureau Padma Shri # 37