Sujatha was one of the most popular contemporary writers of Tamil literature. S. Rangarajan was his official name. He used to write in penname Sujatha which was his wife’s name. In his four decades long career, he contributed over 100 novels, 250 short stories, ten theatres, ten books on science and a slim book on poems. He was also a columnist. He worked as an editor of the Tamil periodical Kumudam for short term. He wrote several screenplays and dialogues in Tamil films. He was a regular topical columnist in Tamil periodicals like Kumudam, Ananda Vikatan and Kalki. In brief, Sujatha was one of the most versatile writersof the country. He wrote novels, stories, movie scripts as well as scientific writing that gave him instant fame from the readers of all age groups.
He was an engineer by profession. That made him expert in the languageof technology. He had huge knowledge for his wide range of reading. He had the ability to incorporate his knowledge in very simple and interesting Tamil language. He brought an evolution in television programs through his observation on that time when most of the Tamil programmes were ruled by historical novels and social or family dramas. He picked up the essence of life from normal people. He adopted their way of talking, behaviour, thought, approach to the life and even slang. He incorporated real Tamil person in melodrama. This power of adaptation and courage to work out of the box made him popular among general viewers.
His greatest contribution was on the promotion of technology. He started his silicon chip creating in Dinamani Kadhir and Yen, Yedharku, Eppadi in Junio Vikatan. His writing was appeared in various Tamil periodicals and journals at a time. He was a well-known regular writer of AnandaVikaatan, Kumudam, Kalki, DhinamaniKadhir and Kungumam. Most of his novels of early time were adopted in movies and got blockbuster hit. Priya, KaraiyellamSenbagapoo, Gaytri and AnandaThandavamwere few of those films which were adopted from his novels.
He also worked as a screenplay writer for several films. Vikram, Shivaji, Boys and ThirudaThiruda were few films of his hit collection.Sujatha wrote the script and dialogues for the blockbuster hit Shivaji- the Boss. Superstar Rajnikanth played the lead role. He was also associated with the under-production team of Kamal Hassan’s movie Dasavataram. Apart from novels, stories, essays and script writing, he introduces the Haiku poetry to the Tamil readers. In 1976, Sujatha translated few haiku in Tamil for the Kanaiyazhi, the literary magazine of Tamil Nadu. His writing consist the description of both of the places, Srirangaam, Trichy and Bangalore. He was highly inspired with these places because he spent earlier life in Srirangam and later he shifted to the Bangalore. His most popular and acclaimed novels are Rathham Ore Niram, PirivomSandhipom and KolaiyudhirKaalam. He inspired with James Hadley Chase’s characters Vic Malloy and his assistant. Consequently, he created a pair of imaginary advocates Ganesh and Vasanth. Ganesh is a senior intelligent advocate and Vasanth is a cute junior advocate.
Later he limited his writing in essays like Katradhum – Petradhum and engaged more time in reading. He read old rare Tamil writing and the latest growths in information technology and computer world.
Rangarajan was the student of the Srirangam Boys High School. Later he joined St. Joseph’s College, Trichy. There he met with former President and Scientist Abdul Kalam and build close friendship with him. He was done his graduation in BSc Physics in 1954. Then he pursued engineering in Electronics from Madras Institute of Technology.
His writing was hugely inspired by stories of different popular Tamil magazines. Shivaji, a magazine of Trichy published his story in his student days. In 1962, his first story was published in Kumudam magazine.
His first job was at Civil Aviation Department of India. Later he joined at Bharat Electronics Limited in Bangalore. Laterhe transferred to Chennai. He spent his last days of life in Chennai. He was a modern thinker in the field of engineering. Rangarajan was the leading person in creating the technology of Electronic Voting Machine in India. He solely administered the design and the production of the Electronic Voting Machine. This Electronic Voting Machine is now used in election of all over India. He started the development of innovative word processing before the personal computers. Many writers like Balakumaran, CharuNivedita, Madhan were got their inspiration from Rangarajan.
Sujaatha was a modern and flexible writer. He wrote several stories, novels, poems, theatres, screenplays for the films. He also wrote essays based on science in simple language. He explains complicated scientific issues in simple easily understandable language. This quality brought him huge readership. He used to send answers related to the query regarding science matters in different magazines, like Junior Vikatan. He has books based on science FAQ, such as, Etharku, En, Eppadi and AthistaUlagam. He also worked on SujathaBathilgal in Kumudam and Kungumam. Sujatha was the person who introduced Science fiction to the Tamil. In his fiction stories, the writer came to an imagined world of Chennai in post 2020. Where gigolos and air taxis are very common affairs and he also visited those areas of child abuse.
The eminent Tamil writer died due to multi organ failure in 73 years of age in 2008. He had been suffering in diabetes and had a bypass surgery.
He was interested in computers, astrophysics, biotechnology, neuroscience, archaeology, Tamil literature, sociology and Carnatic music. He described science easier to understand by general public through his books and writings in magazines. Due to this great work he got an award of National Council for Science and Technology in 1993. He received the award of VASWIK Award for Electronic Voting Machine. Tamil Nadu Government gave him the Kalaimamani Award. He also got Mylapore Academy award for best serial of Doordarshan‘Mahan Ramanujar’. Playwriter Crazy Mohan once said about the author, “He is one of the most multifaceted writers in Tamil. His writing was terrific, consistent and extremely informative. He could write just about anything with amazing ease. Sujatha was certainly a genius”.