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Ra.Su. Nallaperumal

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Ra.Su. Nallaperumal
Ra.Su. Nallaperumal, in his twenties
Ra.Su. Nallaperumal, wedding

Ra.Su. Nallaperumal (Ravanasamudram Subbiah Pillai Nallaperumal, November 1930 – April 2011) was a Tamil novelist, whose works were direct expressions of his idealogies and written for popular reading. His belief in Gandhian principles on the political side and Saiva Siddhantha on the philosophical side formed the themes in many of his novels. His works also reflect his rejection of Marxian theories. One can sense Freudian approach in his novels. He practiced law for a brief period. He lived his entire life in Tirunelveli.

Birth, Education

Ra.Su. Nallaperumal, with Rajaji

Ra.Su. Nallaperumal (Ra.Su.Na) was born in the year 1930, in Kadayam, Tenkasi district. He was the only son of Subbiah Pillai from Ravanasamudram and Sivagnanam Ammal from Kadayam. His father’s job in the Indian Postal Department had frequent transfers and so he had his primary education in various places. He finished his high school in Tirunelveli. He later obtained B.A in Economics from M.D.T. Hindu College, Tirunelveli and law degree from Madras Law College.

Personal Life

Ra.Su. Nallaperumal married Pappa in July of 1956. The couple has two sons, Balasubramanian and Venkateswaran; and two daughters, Sivagnanam and Alamelu Mangai. Alamelu Mangai has written few short stories in the name of Ammu Subramanian and Alamelu Mangai.

Ra.Su. Nallaperumal left his legal profession and adopted writing as his main occupation.

Literary Life

1974, Delhi Tamil Writers’ Sangam; with Akilan, Na.Parthasarathy and Chinna Annamalai

Ra.Su. Nallaperumal’s first story Veen Vethanai was written in 1945, when he was 15 years old. Kalki magazine published his second story Iru Nanbargal. His first novel, Kallukul Eeram garnered the second prize in Kalki Silver Jubiliee Novel competition. He received the award from Rajaji. Later the novel also received Tamil Nadu Government award for the best novel category.

Ra.Su. Nallaperumal continued to write short stories and novels in Kalki, Kalaimagal, Ananda Vikatan, and Dinamani Kadir.

He was a younger member of a Literary Circle that operated from Tirunelveli. T.K. Chidambaranatha Mudaliyar was its central figure. Other notable members were Mi.Pa. Somu, Justice Maharajan, Tho.Mu. Baskara Thondaiman, A. Srinivasa Raghavan and B.Shri. Aacharya. Kalki Krishnamurthy and Rajaji were other influential members.

Political Views

Ra.Su. Nallaperumal had a stern rejection of Marxian political theories. He stressed the importance of free economy and individual freedom in a civilized society. His novel, Poraatangal (Kurushetram) voices his criticisms on leftist policies. In another novel, Thoongum Erimalaigal, he had expressed the demerits and the inadequacies of caste based reservation policy.

In his earlier years he was a believer of Gandhian principles and this is clearly expressed in Kallukkul Eeram. Later he was disenchanted with Gandhian ideologies. This erosion of his faith in Gandhi is reflected in his novel, Marukkolunthu Mangai.

Spirituality and Philosophy

Ra.Su. Nallaperumal had a deep interest in Saiva Siddhantham. Later he also engaged in Vedic philosophy and principles established by Brahma Gnana Sangam. He wrote two books, Indhiya Sinthanai Marabu and Sinthanai Vagutha Vazhi on the evolution of Indian philosophies. His book, Brahma Rahasyam is a discourse between Nasiketan and ancient philosophers on the interpretation of various philosophies. This book can be considered as a modern Upanishad.

Literary Significance

Most of the author’s books are logical discussions of ideologies among the characters, further delineated by situations. They lack the realism of human emotions and situations. His masterpiece novel, Kallukkul Eeram, abounds with elements of humanity and imagery, and can be grouped under serious literature.

According to writer and critic Jeyamohan, “Ra.Su.Na considered literature as a linguistic platform for propaganda and analysis of ideologies. His works are rational and objective in their approach. However, this nature of writings opened up many vistas in a society that is predominantly biased, subjective and emotional in outlook”[1].


Ra.Su. Nallaperumal died on April 20, 2011

Receiving Raja Sir. Annamalai Chettiar award


  • Kalki Silver Jubilee, 2nd prize for Kallukkul Eeram, 1966.
  • Tamil Nadu Government award for Chinthanai Vagutha Vazhi, 1972
  • Tamil Nadu Government award for Brahma Rahasyam, 1982
  • Raja Sir. Annamalai Chettiar award for Unarvugal Uranguvathillai, 1990
  • Kovai Kasturi Srinivasan Illakiya Arakattalai award for Nambikkaigal.


Kalki silver jubilee
  • ​​Kallukkul Eeram, 1966
  • ​​Kettathellam Podhum, 1971
  • ​​Kurushetram (Poraatangal), 1972
  • ​​Ennangal Maaralaam, 1976
  • ​​Maaya Maangal (Thirudargal) 1976
  • ​​Nambikkaigal, 1981
  • ​​Unarvugal Uranguvathillai, 1984
  • ​​Thoongum Erimalaigal, 1985
  • ​​Marukkolunthu Mangai, 1985
  • ​​Mayakkangal, 1990
Short stories
  • Sankarabaranam – Short Stories, 1962
  • Idhayam Aayiram Vitham – Short stories, 1970
  • Indhiya Chinthanai Marabu
  • Chinthanai Vagutha Vazhi
  • Brahma Rahasyam
  • Bharatham Valarntha Kadhai



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