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Chemburaan is no more
by Indu Raman, Mumbai
e-mail: rangshree@yahoo.com


January 8, 2004

We pray for his soul….

Chemburaan is no more. S P Subramanian, the eminent writer and author of several books passed away suddenly on Monday, January 4, 2004 around 4pm at his residence at Vashi, a suburb of Mumbai.

Chemburaan was a connoisseur of dance and music and has introduced many artistes from Mumbai to the South. He wrote extensively in many leading newspapers and magazines. He never failed to say a good word for those who deserved to be promoted. His biography of the dancer Sudha Chandran, who lost her foot in an accident, retold the saga of her brave recovery sensitively. He wrote of his great pride in Mumbai city and the accomplishments of Tamilians in Mumbai. He has interviewed many dancers and musicians, and memorably, was granted a two-hour interview with the Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar.

Chemburaan also called himself ‘Vashikar’ when he relocated to that suburb.

Chemburaan will be ever remembered for his passionate love for the arts, for Tamil, for fellow human beings and his sincerity that reflected in his works. Mumbai will miss his effervescent presence at cultural events. He is survived by his wife Kalpagam, a son and daughter. Many dancers and musicians will ever remember him for his kindness and enthusiastic support.