Ashokamitran was born on September 22, 1931, and died on March 23, 2017.
He was the pen name of Jagadisa Thyagarajan, an Indian writer regarded one of the most influential figures in post-independent Tamil literature.
Ashokamitran began his prolific literary career with the prize winning play “Anbin Parisu” and went on to author more than two hundred short stories, and a dozen novellas and novels.
Ashokamitran was a distinguished essayist and critic, he was the editor of the literary journal “Kanaiyaazhi”.
Ashokamitran has written over 200 short stories, eight novels, some 15 novellas besides other prose writings.
A variety of his works have also been translated into English and other Indian languages, including Hindi, Malayalam, and Telugu.
Ashokamitran passed away at 85 years old.