MS. SIVASANKARI

Email: jibu_chandra@yahoo.co.in

Writer & Activist

Website: www.sivasankari.com

Flat 3-E, Block-V,  
Rani Meyyammai Tower,  
Sathyadev Avenue  
Raja Annamalaipuram  
CHENNAI -  600 028, INDIA  
Phone & Fax: 044 - 42102517  

An awareness on social issues; a special sensitivity to social problems; a commitment to set people thinking - these are the unique characteristics of the writer Sivasankari. Hers has been a career devoted to touching the hearts of people through in-depth research.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Having carved a niche for herself in the Tamil literary world during the last four decades, her works include more than 36 novels, 48 short novels, 150 short stories, 15 travelogues, 7 collections of articles, one talking book, 4 volumes of literary research book, 2 volumes of anthologies, and 2 biographies – of Smt. Indira Gandhi, the late Prime Minister, and of Sri. G.D. Naidu, a pioneer in many fields.

Her novels on Drug Abuse, Alcoholism and Old Age Problem, written after many years of research and authentic spadework, have been serialised in National and Regional television networks with tremendous public response, and SUBAH – the serial on drug menace – was adjudged as one of the mega hits of 1987

Her stories and articles published in prominent Tamil periodicals have been translated into English and other Indian languages. AVAN – the novel on drug addiction – has been translated into Ukrainian.

Her article on Eye Donation made a deep impact on the readers resulting in thousands of people pledging their eyes for donation after death. Articles on the physically and mentally challenged, and the old aged, have awakened social awareness among readers and grateful acknowledgements are received in public forums from experts and welfare organizations.

Six of her novels have been filmed in Tamil receiving popular public acclaim for their integrity and social commitment. One story has been filmed in Kannada and one in Telugu languages.

Sivasankari has been reporting on significant events and has also presented several in-depth interviews with dignitaries from various walks of life, including the Prime Ministers late Smt. Indira Gandhi and Sri. Rajiv Gandhi, and the Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa.

She is the first writer to have narrated her story through video and audiotapes. She has presented constructive and thought-motivating programs for television, and has also anchored the most popular Talk Show NETRU, INDRU, NAALAI on varied topics of social relevance, in the satellite channel SUN TV.

Sivasankari has accompanied the Prime Minister late Sri. Rajiv Gandhi on his CHOGM tours twice and has written two travelogues titled TRAVELS WITH RAJIV GANDHI, and these were translated into Japanese and published as the first ever of its kind in Japan during May’95.

She was instrumental in setting up the RAJAJI CENTRE FOR DE-ADDICTION at the VHS Hospital, Taramani, Chennai.

Having worked for 14 years, she completed her project KNIT INDIA THROUGH LITERATURE,in June 2009. She launched this project with a mission to meet and interview the stalwart writers of all the 18 Indian languages that are approved by the VIIIth Schedule of Indian constitution. These interviews accompanied by a creative work of the respective writer, are published along with her travelogues of the regions, as also an in-depth article by a scholar on the cultural and literary heritage of the various languages. The Tamil and English editions of the first volume the SOUTH, the second volume the EAST, the third volume the WEST and the final volume the NORTH of this project have been published in 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2009 respectively.

EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL BACKGROUND

  • Bachelor of Science (Zoology) – First Rank in college and 9th in the University.

  • Former exponent of Bharatanatyam, the Indian classical dance, giving concerts in India & abroad.

  • Well trained in South Indian Classical music.

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    My Tamil books are published by:


    VANATHI PATHIPPAKAM

    23, Deenadayalu Street

    T. Nagar

    CHENNAI – 600 017, INDIA

    Tel: +91-44-24342810 / 24310769

    Email: vanathipathippakam@vsnl.net

    Website: www.vanathi.in


    My English books are published by:


    WESTLAND LIMITED

    165 (Old-307), Venkat Towers

    Poonamallee High Road

    Opp. Maduravoyal Municipality Office

    Maduravoyal

    CHENNAI – 600 095
    Tel: +91-44-42918501 / 02

    Email: pro@westland-tata.com


    NEW HORIZON MEDIA (P) LIMITED

    33/15, 2nd Floor

    Eldams Road

    Alwarpet

    CHENNAI – 600 018

    Tel: +91-44-42009601 / 03 / 04

    Email: indianwriting@nhm.in

    Website: www.nhm.in


    PROMILLA & CO., PUBLISHERS

    In association with

    BIBLIOPHILE SOUTH ASIA

    C-127, Sarvodaya Enclave

    NEW DELHI – 110 017

    Tel: +91-11-65284748 / 26864124

    Website: www.biblioasia.com