S. Krishnamoorthy or S. Krishnamurthy (full name: Subramanian Krishnamoorthy) has been writing short stories and articles in English and Tamil for over four decades.He is also the winner of prestigious Sahitya Akademi prize for translation.
|Education||M.A in English literature|
|Alma mater||University of Madras, Nagpur University|
|Notable awards||Sahitya Akademi
He was born on 1929 in Pudukkotttai, Tamil Nadu.He obtained his B.A degree from “H.H. The Raja’s college”, Pudukkottai,(under University of Madras) securing the first rank in the university in Sanskrit. He then obtained his M.A degree in English literature from Nagpur University.His mother-tongue is Tamil. He also knows Hindi, Bengali,English,Sanskrit,and German.He taught at a college for a few years.Then he joined the audit department of theGovernment of India at Madras in 1954.In 1955 he was transferred to Kolkata, where he has been living ever since, except for a 3-year spell in Delhi.He retired from the Indian Audits and Accounts Service in 1987.. He expired in Chennai on 07th September 2014 due to illness.
He has written Tamil short story collections namely “Nandriku oru vilai” & “Manitham” and two English short story collections namely “The Peasant and other stories” & “Modern Aesop Fables”. Comprehensive Tamil biographies of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Premchand & Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar have also been penned by him.
His Nazrul biography was awarded the Ilakkia Chintanai Prize (Madras) and the Rabindra Smirti Puraskar of the government of Bengal. The biographies of Premchand and Vidyasagar also won him the Ilakkia Chintanai Prize. He has translated more than 60 books from Bengali,Hindi,English into Tamil and from Tamil to Bengali.”Rakta Bonya”, his Bengali translation of Indra Partharathi’s Tamil novel ‘Kurudippunal’, has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi translation Prize. & Nikil Bengal Sahitya Samelana Prize..He has translated Tirukural & Silappatikaram in Bengali, which are the most important work of his career. He is closely associated with Bharathi Tamil sangam, Kolkata.