Award Name : Sahitya Akademi Award
Year of Award : 2008
Award for : Literature
Location : Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Melanmai Ponnusamy is a Tamil writer from Tamil Nadu, India. He was born in Mela Marainadu village in Virudhunagar district. He is a farmer by profession who also runs a grocery shop in his village. He is a Marxist by political orientation and a member of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M). His first short story was published in 1972 in the literary journal Semmalar. His works have since appeared in main stream Tamil magazines like Ananda Vikatan and Kalki. He credits Soviet literature as a major influence in his writing style and choice of subjects. His works are set in rural Tamil Nadu and deal with the lives of peasants. As of 2009, he has written 23 short story collections, six novellas, six novels and an essay collection. He was awarded the 2008 Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil his short story Minsarapoo. He was also awarded the 2009 Makkal TV award for his contributions to Tamil Literature. He is a founder member and the current general secretary of the Marxist writer's organisation - Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers Association (TNPWA).