Ki. Va. Jagannathan

Ki. Va. Jagannathan (11 April 1906 – 4 November 1988), popularly known by his initials as Ki. Va. Ja, was a Tamil scholar, commentator, journalist, poet, writer and folklorist from Tamil Nadu, India.[2] He was a student of noted Tamil scholar and publisher U. V. Swaminatha Iyer.[3] He was the editor of the magazine Kalaimagal. He won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1967 in Tamil language category for his literary criticism Virar Ulagam.[4] He has written extensive commentaries on many Tamil devotional texts including Kandar Alangaram, Kandar Anubhuthi, Thirumurugattruppadai, Abirami Andathi and Kandar Kalivenba.He has written more than 200 books on various topics in Tamil literature and grammar. He was a great orator and was popularly known as Vageesa Kalanidhi, a title bestowed on him by Kanchi Paramacharya.

Ki. Va. Jagannathan
BornKrishnarayapuram Vasudevan Jagannathan
(1906-04-11)11 April 1906
Krishnarayapuram, British India
Died4 November 1988(1988-11-04) (aged 82)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
OccupationJournalist, poet


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  2. ^ "The days of great Editors are over". The New Indian Express.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Viswanathan, S. (11 March 2005). "The patriarch of Tamil". Frontline. The Hindu. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Sahitya Akademi - Tamil Category winners list". 11 April 2020.

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