Veteran Tamil publisher S Ramakrishnan dies at 75

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Born in a Telugu Brahmin family in Chennai on June 18, 1945, Ramakrishnan considered himself a Tamil and took to Tamil literature at a very young age.

Veteran Tamil publisher, S Ramakrishnan (75 passed away early on Tuesday (November 17) morning at a government hospital in Chennai due to COVID-19 complications.   

He was the founder of Cre-A Publications, which brought out works of many eminent Tamil writers and translated works of famous authors from various countries for around 50 years. In fact, the third edition of a work with which he had associated for 30 years--“Cre-A: Dictionary of Contemporary Tamil (Tamil–Tamil–English)” — was released at the hospital when his condition deteriorated.

Born in a Telugu Brahmin family in Chennai on June 18, 1945, Ramakrishnan considered himself a Tamil and took to Tamil literature at a very young age. A post-graduate in social work from Loyola College, Ramakrishnan, who had a brief stint in advertising, took to publishing when he was hardly 30. He founded Cre-A, a Tamil publishing firm, in 1974 with the objective of bringing out serious literature in Tamil.

In the 1970s, Ramakrishnan and his friends published a literary journal called Ka Sa Da Tha Pa Ra. This journal is still considered a pioneering effort in carrying quality literary works. It also dealt with painting, drama etc.

Well-known Tamil writer and translator SV Rajadurai who has been associated with Ramakrishnan for more than four decades told The New Indian Express about his unfinished works: "He was a multi-faceted personality and always wanted to do many things.  He has been a constant learner. 

During the past three four months, we have been toying with the idea of bringing out a Tamil e-Journal to carry good literary works. He said it should not be a sensational tabloid but should contain articles about genuine subjects by sincere authors." Ramakrishnan remained an atheist but he never made it public.

Among those who shared their condolences was Kamal Haasan, who tweeted, "Cre-A Ramakrishnan, who has published many books, including the contemporary Tamil Dictionary, is an inseparable part of Tamil publishing industry. He will be remembered eternally as long as Tamil language exists" (with agency inputs)

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