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Ilakkiyavattam (Magazine)

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Ilakkiyavattam (1963-1965) was a literary magazine run by Ka.Na. Subramaniam. It was known for its serious discussions on modern poetry and short stories. There was also another magazine titled Ilakkiyavattam in Malaysia.


Ka.Na. Subramaniam, who led two magazines: Sooravali and Chandrodhayam, launched the magazine Ilakkiyavattam, on November 22, 1963, which was published twice a month. In the first issue of the editorial, he wrote, "we don't need endorsements from celebrities or the awards and recommendations by Sahitya Akademi. Critics and readers are ample for the literary standards to improve. I sincerely declare that Ilakkiyavattam has been formed to create a literary community in Tamil".

Ka. Naa. Subramanyam continually wrote in the Ezhuthu magazine, founded in 1959, until he left and started a rival magazine, Ilakkiyavattam. Ilakkiyavattam ceased publication with its 38th issue on April 30, 1965.


Ka. Naa. Subramanyam consistently expressed the idea that modern literature should become a movement. He wrote in the January 3, 1964, issue of Ilakkiyavattam, "Ilakkiyavattam will try to give an overview of world literature, at least some parts of it, from time to time." Ilakkiyavattam included articles about literary writers, and translations around the world. Ezhuthu was a magazine during the same period, that focussed on the modern poetry in Tamil. Although poetry was rarely published in Ilakkiyavattam, it did establish the norms of modern poetry in Tamil.

Ilakkiyavattam published separate special issues on C. Subramania Bharathiyar, Ku. Alagirisami, T. K. Chidambaranatha Mudaliar and Ananda Coomaraswamy. Ilakkiyavattam followed the literary recommendations of Ka. Naa. Subramanyam and his pattern of literary criticism. Ilakkiyavattam published a special issue on T. K. Chidambaranatha Mudaliar, who wrote about the aesthetics of traditional poetry even though he severely criticized academicians. The articles published in this issue were later published collectively as a novel named Illakiyathirku Or Iyakkam. This novel won the Sahitya Akademi award.


Ka. Naa. Subramanyam’s Ilakkiyavattam magazine was published as a collection by Sandhya Publications in 2004. Publication by K. A. Sachithanandham.

Literary Significance

Ilakkiyavattam has been acclaimed to date for its discussion of modern poetry, and review articles.


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First published on: 23-Apr-2023, 21:18:24 IST