|Born||December 8, 1964,|
Lalgudi, Trichy, Tamilnadu, India
|Alma mater||Alagappa University (2004),|
Annamalai University (1990-92),
Jamal Mohamed College (1982-85)
|Genre||Science and Science Fiction|
|Notable Works||Ayisha (2000), Rose (2002), Vaasik Kalam (2017)|
Introduction – About Era Natarasan
Era Natarasan, most famously recognized as Ayesha Natarasan, was born on December 8, 1964 in Lalgudi, Trichy, Tamilnadu, India. He is the writer from India who writes children’s books in English and Tamil. Natarasan has written over eighty books, mostly of which are on Science and Science Fiction. He has written Ayisha in language – English, of which a number of copies were sold in twelve languages.
His work Vigyana vikramadhithyan kadhaigal has received the “Bal Sahitya Puraskar Award” and the Sahitya Academy awarded this award. It was for the children literature.
Education and Early Childhood
Natarasan has a PG in Education, Physics, English Literature, and Psychology.
Career as Author and Journey of Era Natarasan
Era Natarasan currently serves as the Head Master or Principal of the Krishnasamy Memorial Matric Higher Secondary School, Cuddalore near to Puducherry, India.
At sixteen, he got his first teaching experience as a student in the village service camp. He became a Science / Language teacher in 1986.
In 1982, he started writing in the Ananda Vikatan (Tamil weekly) and began his writing career as a poet. Then, he got interested and started writing short stories about Science and Science fiction for kids. 83 books are written by him, of which 11 are in English and 72 in Tamil.
Short films have been created out of his four stories
- Ayesha: B. Sivakumar made Ayesha a 28-minute short film, and it was released in 2000. It got the National Film Award, the year’s best film in short film category.
- Madhi: India Today published this short story of Era Natarasan. Editor B. Lenin, a cinematographer, filmed it as a short film. This short story was about the third gender’s everyday life.
- Rathathin Vannathil: It was filmed in the feature film by the Director Pa.sivakumar in the Chellamma title. This story has won the Ilakkiya Chindhanai Award.
- Vattathin Pakkangal: Again, Director Pa.sivakumar featured it as feature film.
Era Natarasan’s Noteworthy Awards and Accolades
In 2015, he got the Tamil Valarchithurai Virudhu award for his work for teachers – Idhu yarudaya vagupparai. He has been awarded and recognized by the Government of Tamil Nadu many times for his literary contributions.
His other noteworthy awards and accolades are the following
- Distinguished Alumni Award – 2016
- Sujatha Award (Best Siru Pathirigai) – 2015
- Bal Sahitya Puraskar Award – 2014
- Vikatan Award (Best children’s fiction) – 2014
- Nigari Award (Samathuva Arisiyar of the year) – 2014
- Tamil Valarchithurai Award – 2013
- Dr. Radhakrishnan Award – 2008
- Thirpur Tamil Sangam Award (Best Translation Award) – 2002
- Tamil Valarchithurai Award – 2001
- Ilakiya Chindhanai Award (Best Short Story) – 1995
Personal Life and Interests – Era Natarasan
Era Natarasan appears in a supporting role in the popular film Ammavin Kaipesi, directed by Thangar Bachan. He is a psychologist and educational scholar who is connected with academic activism. He primarily focused on the practical aspects of classroom education and helped many teachers by guiding them.
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Many leading magazines and dailies have published his interviews and articles about education. He is also the writer and editor of the Tamil monthly for the books – The Puthagam Pesudhu. “Poojyamam Andu” is his novel that is the first to appear in “Brail Language” to be read in Tamil for blind people.
Famous Books and Work till Now of Era Natarasan
- Ayesha: Education – Life – Science Fiction
- Rose: It describes the children’s struggles in various cycles of daily life
- Naga: A Children’s novel based on Tsunami
- A Comrade and Three Friends: A novel and comrade’s surprising story
- Flora Algebra
- Zero Year
- A Soldier’s Son
- Do You Love Ants – Multilingual Children’s Stories