Puducherry: Renowned Tamil writer, novelist and recipient of Sahitya Akademi award K Rajanarayan, popularly known as Ki Ra died here, family sources said.
He was 98 and is survived by two sons.
Rajanarayanan was ailing from age related health conditions for sometime and breathed his last at the government quarters here Monday night.
Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Tuesday visited the writer’s residence and paid her last respects to him.
Later, she told reporters that a representation was made by Tamil writers that the house where Ki Ra lived be converted into a memorial library.
“This request would be considered,” she said.
Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy expressed grief over the demise of the writer.
In his condolence message, the CM said in the death of Ki.Ra the world of literature has lost an eminent thinker, writer and essayist.
Rajanarayanan served as Professor of Folklore Department in Pondicherry University in 1980s.
He was an eminent writer of short stories, novels, folklores and essays.
He won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1991 for his novel ‘Gopallapurathu Makkal’.
He was known for the depiction of the people and culture of ‘Karisal bhoomi’– the hot and dry land of southern Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin condoled the veteran’s death and said the final rites of Ki Ra, a native of the neighbouring state, will be held with state honours.
The DMK leader paid rich tributes to the writer and said his demise has put a “full stop to Karisal literature.”
Ki Ra was born in Idaiseval village near Kovilpatti in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district in 1923.
“We have lost the greatest story teller of Tamil… his fame will live in our hearts till the time of this land and the Karisal literature,” Stalin said in a statement in Chennai.
Rajanarayanan has not died but continues to live through his words, he said and expressed his sympathies with the family of the author and others.
Stalin further said that the last rites of the writer will be held with state honours.
AIADMK joint coordinator K Palaniswami, PMK founder Ramadoss and MDMK supremo and Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko also condoled Rajanarayanan’s death.