Book on Malaysian Tamil writer released in Indonesia


Compiled by ONG HAN SEAN, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

A BOOK on the life of Malaysian Tamil writer Athi Kumanan has been released in Indonesia, Makkal Osai reported.

Kumanan Pupathi Athimulan was the founder of the weekly Tamil newspaper Vaanambadi and the co-founder of the daily Tamil Osai.

He would later start another newspaper, Malaysia Nanban, and serve as the Tamil Writers Association president for more than a decade.

The book, entitled Ilaiya Tamilavel, written by senior news photographer P. Malaiyandi, was launched during the re-consecration ceremony of the Sri Balaji Venkateswara Temple in Medan, Indonesia.

Malaysian dignitaries, including businessman Datuk Seri Veerappan, Penang Cultural and Arts Association chairman Bala Nambiar, Jessica Publication Sentul founder Velu, and others, were present during the book launch.

The Medan temple chairman Thirumal Naidu, received the first copy of the book from the author.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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