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Veteran Tamil publisher Cre-A Ramakrishnan passes away

Ramakrishnan founded Cre-A Publications in 1974. Many works of great Tamil writers like Ashokamitran, G Nagarajan, N Muthusamy, Sa Kandasamy were published by him.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: November 17, 2020 3:23:02 pm
The third edition of Cre-A: Dictionary of Contemporary by Ramakrishnan was released only a few days ago at the Omandurar Government Hospital where he was admitted. (Photo source: Twitter/ MK Stalin)

Cre-A Ramakrishnan, one of the tallest figures in the Tamil publishing industry passed away in Chennai on Tuesday morning. He was 76. Ramakrishnan was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at Omandurar Government Hospital in Chennai.

In a career spanning over more than four decades, Ramakrishnan has brought out Tamil translations of various literary works in Hindi, Kannada, Bengali, etc. Ramakrishnan founded Cre-A Publications in 1974 and many works of great Tamil writers like Ashokamitran, G Nagarajan, N Muthusamy, Sa Kandasamy were published by him. Ramakrishnan was also a pioneer in introducing various technological advancements.

A few days ago, as Ramakrishnan’s condition deteriorated, the third edition of a work with he had associated nearly for 30 years — Cre-A: Dictionary of Contemporary Tamil (Tamil–Tamil–English) — was released at the hospital. The first edition of the Dictionary was published in 1992 and second edition was published after 16 years, in 2008.

The demise of Ramakrishnan has left a void in the Tamil literary world. Various political leaders including DMK president MK Stalin, AMMK’s TTV Dhinakaran, MNM leader Kamal Haasan, MP Tamizhachi Thangapandian expressed their condolences.

Alongside playwright and artist Na Muthuswamy, Ramakrishnan also founded the Tamil theatre group ‘Koothu-P-Pattarai’. He played a significant part in setting up the Roja Muttiah Research library in Chennai.

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