ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
-A A +A

OBITUARY-A K Ramanujan

A K Ramanujan A R Venkatachalapathy A K RAMANUJAN (AKR) passed away suddenly on July 14, at Chicago. Born in Mysore into a Tamil brahmin family, AKR had, as he was fond of remarking, two mother tongues: Tamil and Kannada. For a while he taught at Madurai before he went to the University of Chicago in 1962, where he eventually became professor in The Department of South Asian Languages and Civilisations. AKR was a poet, translator, folklorist and linguist. He was equally proficient in all these vocations, but as a student of Tamil, I would like to believe that he will be chiefly remembered for his translations of classical Tamil poetry.

Subscribers please login to access full text of the article.

New 3 Month Subscription
to Digital Archives at

826for India

$50for overseas users

Get instant access to the complete EPW archives

Subscribe now


(-) Hide

EPW looks forward to your comments. Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy. They may take some time to appear. A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW.

Back to Top