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Charu Nivedita talks about the problems faced by Tamil writers and how modern Tamil literature goes unnoticed in present times | By Shradha S
On Nov 13, 2010


Kanakakunnu, Trivandrum: In session with Rakesh Khanna, the Tamil writer Charu Nivedita has some harsh words for the double standards that prevail in modern Indian society, more specifically in Tamil Nadu. He has been writing in Tamil, English and Malayalam, for the past 30 years with almost 45 published works till date.

Charu Nivedita is one of the prominent figures in transgressive, post modern literature, who has four novels in Tamil that has been translated into English, short story collections, plays, various essays and criticisms to his credit. He is also an avid blogger and knows Spanish, Arabic and Sanskrit, knowledge of which has helped him quite often in his writing.

In his land, Tamil Nadu, Charu Nivedita is almost anonymous. It is this anonymity that keeps him safe in spite of his provoking writings and explicit content that are almost never published in his home-state. The bureaucrats remain ignorant of his existence though he and his contemporaries have a hardcore readership, be it columns or personal blogs.

In contrast, “Kerala has adopted me as their own writer.” The fact that he has his own column in leading Malayalam dailies on world music, film reviews and criticisms attests to it.

He is a ‘voracious’ reader of Tamil literature, and thinks that a majority of the contemporary writings are unnoticed because of the Westerner’s craze towards the 2,000 Sangam literature, misunderstood as the sole representation of Tamil literary scene. “We have poets more powerful than Pablo Neruda and they are un-recognised. Tamil writers of today are treated as folk artists and mediocre ones are given importance,” says he.

On his reception among critics, he says: “My writings are labeled vulgar, though they just represents what happens around us, that makes people think am a porn-writer, which I am not.”

Nietzche is his “master” and his works are a celebration of life.

He thinks it is extremely lamentable that writers today reject each other and fight to get better readership and commercial value. He points out: “While Latin American countries either celebrate their writers and make them ambassadors or kill them, in our land they are not even given recognition.”
Charu Nivedita and Rakesh Khanna
Charu Nivedita and Rakesh Khanna (Photograph by Syam Nath S)

To him web is an easier space to write without much investment, unlike the early days of having to get your works published, and at times going to the extent of pledging your personal belongings to finance your work.

He thinks the biggest failure in our society is the pseudo intellects and the kind of following they get. On a scandalous note he winds up saying, “I am not averse to anyone. I just want to prevent the dangerous things they are doing to the language.”

The session also saw an interesting reading of excerpts in Tamil from his book ‘Zero Degree’ and the translated versions by Rakesh Khanna and Kaveri, much to the delight of the audience.

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this is the best comady article i ever read,charu is a comedian to tamil people,you malus praise him like a god what a pitty
Name, on Nov 17, 2010 01:37:34 PM
this is the best comady article i ever read,charu is a comedian to tamil people,you malus praise him like a god what a pitty
Nameless, on Nov 17, 2010 01:38:15 PM
Who said he is a comedian, he is a nutter. He write all the dirty words in Tamil and call himself as a modern Tamil literate.
Soorya Kathir, on Nov 17, 2010 07:54:26 PM
hehhehe...very funny...he needs 2 more moths to say always he is writing for the past 35 years and he had written 45 books..by the way no one knows what ar those junk 45 books...comedy piece charu..he thinks he is the saviour of literature..FO...
Jay, on Nov 17, 2010 10:44:05 PM
@name, nameless, soorya kathir and jay: above is a report on what was the content of the mentioned session. no personal opinions of the writer or the team is expressed. regards
Shradha, on Nov 17, 2010 10:52:54 PM
Great views Charu. you are the superstar of tamil Literature.
Rahul, on Nov 18, 2010 12:13:12 AM
Saradha, Your heading is "Charu Nivedita talks about the problems faced by Tamil writers and how modern Tamil literature goes unnoticed in present times" If you know tamil go and read his some of his articles in his blog, you can see how many dirty/third class words he use in one paragraph and say himself as a modern Tamil literature. If your heading is "Review of any Cinema" from this guy I don't care. But I don't think this guy has any knowledge to talk about modern Tamil literature. In my view he is a good movie review writer not the Modern Tamil Literate. I don't know where you guys caught this person first place !!!
Soorya Kathir, on Nov 18, 2010 05:36:45 PM
Nobody cares this guy in tamilnadu. All the time this guys blames somebody.
Paaru, on Nov 18, 2010 06:59:23 PM
The comments are the proofs for the above article
Arul, on Oct 29, 2014 10:17:46 AM
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