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Kalki Krishnamurthy

Kalki Krishnamurthy Writer

Kalki Krishnamurthy
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Intro Writer
Known for Ponniyin Selvan, Sivagamiyin Sapatham
A.K.A. Kalki
Was Screenwriter Journalist Writer Poet
From India
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Journalism Literature
Gender male
Birth 9 September 1899, Thanjavur district, India
Death 5 December 1954, United States of America (aged 55 years)
Star sign VirgoVirgo
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Ramaswamy Krishnamurthy (9 September 1899 – 5 December 1954), better known by his pen name Kalki, was an Indian writer, journalist, poet, critic and Indian independence activist. He was named after "Kalki", the tenth and last avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu. His writings include over 120 short stories, 10 novellas, 5 novels, 3 historical romances, editorial and political writings and hundreds of film and music reviews.

Early life

Krishnamurthy's father was Ramaswamy Aiyar, an accountant in Puttamangalam village in the old Tanjore district of erstwhile Madras Presidency. He began his primary education in his village school and later attended Municipal High School in Mayavaram but quit in 1921, just short of completion of his Senior School Leaving Certificate, in response to Mahatma Gandhi's 1921 call for non-co-operation joining the Indian National Congress instead.


  • The release of a postage stamp in honour of Kalki was among the highlights of the centenary celebrations. Government of Tamil Nadu announced the nationalisation of Kalki's works, this will enable publishers to come out with reprints of his works.
  • Kalki Krishnamuthy received the Sangeetha Kalasikhamani award conferred on him by The Indian Fine Arts Society in 1953.


Kalki died in Chennai on 5 December 1954 aged 55 years from tuberculosis. Kalki magazine's special issue dated 5 December 1954 (The day he died) for Annai Sarada Devi was his last editorial work. That magazine shared the information that his health was improving prior to his demise.

Biographies of Kalki

  • Ponniyin Puthalvar by Sunda
  • Amarar Kalki
  • Oray Roja
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 12 Feb 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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