Prapanchan the popular novelist, playwright, and critic were born as Vaidyalingam, son of Sarangapani in Pondicherry on 27th April 1945. His father had been running a liquor shop in Pondicherry. Born in Puducherry, Prapanchan was well versed in Tamil, French, and English. Prapanchan was graduated in Karandhai College. His career started as a Tamil teacher. Simultaneously, he worked as a journalist in the popular English weeklies Ananda Vikatan, Kungumam, and Kumudam. He titled his first short story as Enna Ulagamada and it got published in the year 1961 in the magazine named Bharani. Prapanchan had penned a lot of stories and 46 books were published independently.
For his excellent work,
Vaanam Vasapadum, a super hit novel, he was awarded the honorable Sahitya Akademi Award. Prapanchan’s novels and the other works had been translated into various languages including Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, English, French, Swedish and German. Prapanchan’s play Muttai is in the curriculum of Delhi University. Popular works of Prapanchan are Vaanam Vasapadum, Manudam Vellum, Mahanadhi, Kagidha Manidhargal, Sandhya, Penmai Velga, Kanneral Kaapom, Padhavi, Erode Thamizhar Uyirodu, Netrru Manidhargal, Iruttin Vasal, Vittu Viduthalayagi, and Oru Ooril Irandu Manidhargal.
Besides receiving the Sahitya Akademi Award, Prapanchan received Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award, Coimbatore Kasturi Rangammal Award, Ilakkiya Chinthanai Award, Adithanar Award and an Award for the Non-fiction from The Tamil Literary Garden in Toronto, Canada. Prapanchan was married to Pramila Rani and has three children Gouthaman, Gowri Shankar and Sathish. Prapanchan was diagnosed with lung cancer and had been getting his treatment from Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital. But, the medications didn’t help him and he died on 21st December 2018.