Bhashyam Iyengar

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Bhashyam Iyengar

Born: 10 November 1910

Died: 11 September 1987

  • He is the Pen name of Bhashyam Iyengar, a noted Tamil writer of historical fiction.
  • He is known for his historical romance and adventure novels, often set in the times of the Chola and Pandya empires.
  • He wrote his first short story titled Shantha Seelan.
  • Impressed with his work, Kalki published his short stories like Kannammavin Kadhal, Adhirshtam in Ananda Vikatan.
  • Encouraged by this success Sandilyan started learning the Tamil language formally from a Tamil Pandit named Thirukannapuram Srinivachariar.
  • He started writing Tamil short stories in the Tamil Weekly Sudesamithran and also worked as a reporter in Sudesamithran from 1935 to 1942.
  • Later he became a sub-editor at the English daily newspaper Hindustan Times.
  • During his time at the Hindustan Times, he became friends with BN Reddy of Vijaya Studios and Chittor V. Nagaiah.
  • This bought him into the world of films.
  • He co-wrote the screenplays of films like Swarga Seema (1945) and En Veedu (1953).
  • He later wrote about his film world experiences in his book Cinema Valarndha Kadhai (1985).
  • Later he also produced a documentary titled “Birth of a Newspaper”.

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