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D. Jayakanthan

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D. Jayakanthan

Born: 24 April 1934

Died: 8 April 2015

  • He , popularly known as JK, was an Indian writer, journalist, orator, film-maker, critic and activist.
  • He dropped out of school at the age of 9 and went to Madras, where he joined the Communist Party of India.
  • In a career spanning six decades, he authored around 40 novels, 200 short stories, apart from two autobiographies.
  • Outside literature, he made two films. In addition, four of his other novels were adapted into films by others.
  • His literary honours include Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi awards.
  • He was also a recipient of Padma Bhushan (2009), India’s third-highest civilian honour, the Soviet Land Nehru Award (1978), and the Russian government’s Order of Friendship (2011).

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