Veteran writer Rajam Krishnan, the novelist who portrays most of her characters in social context, was felicitated at a function here recently.
Extracts from her biographical novel Padhaiyil Padintha Adigal, which chronicles the life of a young Dalit girl from her marriage to widowhood, and the evolution of Manalur Maniamma as a leader during the agrarian struggle in the 1940s, were read during the event by women writers, who took inspiration from Rajam Krishnan in many ways for their works.
Educationist T Vasanthi Devi recollected her association with Rajam Krishnan and said that she was worried over the plight of women in today’s society. She recalled her favourite speech of Rajam Krishnan outside the Kumbakonam Temple, targeting many social rigidities of that period.
Writer Maalan said that Rajam Krishnan occupied a special place in history as she gave women a voice and helped break the glass ceiling set for women by a patriarchal society.
Rajam Krishnan, now 90, is bed-ridden and was brought to the venue with medical help by her side.
She was happy to see her former self talking about the social premises and women empowerment as narrated in her novels, in a clipping of Alli Darbar, an old television show.
Rajam Krishnan’s novels covered a variety of social issues and had characters that saw women as the stand-point for societies that were in the need for change.
With in-depth knowledge about everything she wrote about, her works transcended social borders and their rigid structures. All her works show her knowledge and research — be it the social strife of the Communists and their struggle, or the life of the working class of 1950 and 1960 in villages and so on.