Ku. Alagirisami

Ku. Azhagirisamy
Born Azhagirisamy
(1923-09-23)23 September 1923
Idaicheval Chatirapatti, Koilpatti Tamil Nadu
Died July 5, 1970(1970-07-05) (aged 46)
Occupation journalist, poet

Ku. Alagirisami or G. Alagirisami (Tamil: கு. அழகிரிசாமி, 23 September 1923 - 5 July 1970) was a Tamil writer from Tamil Nadu, India.


He was born in Idaicheval Chathirapatti village near Kovilpatti. He was a childhood friend of Ki. Rajanarayanan. He completed his SSLC and worked as a teacher and then as a clerk in the registrar office. He later became a journalist and wrote for Tamil publications like Tamil Mani, Sakthi and Prasanda Vikatan. His first short story Urakkam Kolluma was published in Ananda Bodhini in 1943.[1][2] He became a sub-editor at Sakthi in 1947. He was a friend and contemporary of Vallikannan, Pudumaipithan and T. M. Chidambara Ragunathan. His first short story collection - Ku. Alagirisamy kathaigal was published in 1952 with a foreword from Kalki Krishnamurthy. In 1953, he went to Malaysia to work in Tamil Nesan. He married Seethalakshmi in 1955. During 1960-65 he worked as a sub-editor in Navasakthi. He freelanced during 1965-70. He worked at Soviet Nadu for a few months until his death. In 1967, the Government of Tamil Nadu's Tamil development department awarded a prize for his play Kavichakravarthi (lit. Emperor among poets). He was noted for his short stories.[3] In 1970, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil posthumously for his short story collection Anbalippu.[4]

Partial bibliography


Children's fiction


*Laurence Binyon's Akbar

Maxim Gorky's books


Short story collections

Essay collections


  1. Venkat Swaminathan. "கு. அழகிரிசாமி". Thinnai. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  2. Subramaniam, Ka. Na. (1978). Tamil short stories. Authors Guild of India Cooperative Society. p. 200.
  3. "சிறுகதைச் செம்மல் கு. அழகிரிசாமி". Tamil Nirubar (in Tamil). Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  4. Tamil Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007 Archived January 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Sahitya Akademi Official website.


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