S Ramakrishnan

S Ramakrishnan

S. Ramakrishnan (called as "essra") is a noted Tamil writer. He was born in Mallankinaru, Virudhunagar district, Tamil Nadu. Ramakrishnan is noted for his column Thunai Ezhuthu in the magazine Ananda Vikatan. His short stories have been translated in German, French, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam. His other works include Kadhaa Vilaasam, Desaandri, and Alainthen Tirindhen.
He is a full-time writer who has been active over the last 25 years in diverse areas of Tamil literature like short stories, novels, plays, children's literature, and translations. He has travelled all over India, and has experience living in different parts of the country. His short stories are noted for their modern story-telling style in Tamil. He has edited the literary publication Atcharam for five years.
A great story-teller, he has organized over thirty story-telling camps for school children all over Tamil Nadu. He has authored four books for children. He organized a special story-telling camp for children with dyslexia-related learning disabilities. He organized screenplay writing camps for short film directors and students of cinema creation in important cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, etc.
His novel Upa Paandavam, written after a deep research into Mahabharata, was not only selected as the best novel in Tamil, it was widely well received by the readers. The novelNedum Kuruthi, which spoke of the dark and tragic existential experiences of the tribe of oppressed people cruelly stamped as criminal tribe by the British, secured the Ghanavaani award for the Best Novel. His novel Yaamam, written with Chennai city's three hundred years history as back drop, is another widely appreciated creation. HisUrrupasi is a novel that conveys the stirring mental agonies of a young man who was unemployed because he took his degree majoring in Tamil language.
He became a celebrated author to lakhs of readers through his series of articles like "Thunai Ezhuthu", "Desanthari", "Kathavilaasam", "Kelvikurri", and "Chiridhu Vellicham", which appeared in the Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan. He is the first writer in Tamil to have created a broad circle of readers for his columns. The compilation book of the articles,Thunai Ezhuthu, has sold almost a lakh of copies.
A connoisseur of world cinema, he has compiled an introductory compendium on world cinema of a thousand pages called Ulaga Cinema. He has written four books on cinema:Ayal Cinema, Pather Panchali, Chithirangalin Vichithirangal, and Paesa Therindha Nizhalgal.
The short film Karna Motcham, with his screenplay, won the National Award for Best Short Film and has won 27 awards in Indian and International Film Festivals. Another short film, Matraval, has won three awards as the best Tamil Short Film.

To add one more feather in his wings, essra is a famous orator. His speeches during a function in Russian Cultutral Centre has gained much appreciation and aroused huge interest in his work.



  •     Dhuyil
  •     Ubha Paandavam
  •     Nedunkuruthi
  •     Urupasi
  •     Yaamam
  •     Kirukiruvaanam
  •     Ezhuthalai Nagaram
  •     Nimitham
  •     (trans.) Alicin arpudha ulagam (Alice in Wonderland)


  •     Aravaan
  •     Sooriyanin arupatta siragugal
  •     Urulum paraigal
  •     Nadhi ariyadadhu
  •     Uthikaalam
  •     Marana veetin kurippugal
  •     Dostoveskyin sangeetham
  •     Urru nokkudhal
  •     Urupalinggu
  •     Malaigal sapthamiduvathillai

Short story anthologies

  •     Kaan endrathu Iyarkai
  •     Appothum Kadal parthukondu irunthathu
  •     Nadandu sellum neeroorru
  •     Balya nathi
  •     Veyilai konduvarungal
  •     Thavarangalin uraiyadal
  •     Kaattin uruvam
  •     Veliyil oruvan

Collections of essays

  •     Sirithu Velicham
  •     Kaatril Yaro Nadakkirargal
  •     Ulaga Cinema
  •     Ayal Cinema
  •     Pather Panchali - Nidarsanathin pathivugal
  •     Kurathi Mudukkin Kanavugal
  •     Irul Inithu Oli inithu
  •     Chekovin Medhu pani peikirathu
  •     Endrar Borhae
  •     Kelvikuri
  •     Kodugal illatha varaipadam
  •     Nam kalathu naavalgal
  •     Sithirangalin Visithirangal
  •     Aathalinal
  •     Ilaigalai viyakkum maram
  •     Desandhiri
  •     Vizhithiruppavanin Iravu
  •     Kadavilasam
  •     Thunai ezhuthu, or Thunnaiezhuthu
  •     Vakkiyangalin saalai
  •     Maraikkapatta India

Worked as dialogue writer in:

  •     Album (2002)
  •     Baba (2002)
  •     Pop Carn (2003)
  •     Sandakozhi (2004)
  •     Unnale Unnale (2007)
  •     Bheema (2008)
  •     Dhaam Dhoom (2008)
  •     Karna Motcham (short fiction)
  •     Modhi Vilayadu (2009)
  •     Chikku Bukku (2010)
  •     Ezham Arivu (2011)
  •     Pesu (unreleased)
  •     Yuvan Yuvathi (2011)
  •     Avan-Ivan (2011)
  •     "Samar" (2013)

Iyal Award:
    In 2011, he received the Iyal Award from The Tamil Lierary Garden, Canada for his contributions to the Tamil Literature.
Wisdom Award:
    He received 2010 Wisdom International award.
Tamil sangam Award:
    He received 2010 Tamil Sagam Award.
Tagore Literature Award:
    He received 2010 Tagore Literature Award from Samsung institutes along with Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters.He is the first Tamil writer getting this award.
About Tagore Literature Award: The Sahitya Akademi will be responsible for selecting the winners for this Award. The Tagore Literature Awards will recognise the best of literary contributions in 24 different Indian languages every year. The Awards Presentation Ceremony will be held every year, coinciding with Tagore’s birth day.