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Born on October 30, 1916, he was a native of Lalgudi and one of the writers of the Manikodi era. He started writing when he was 20 originally in English and then changed over to Tamil. He worked in Punjab National Bank for 30 years and settled down in Chennai after his retirement.

La.Sa.Ra. worked for three years as a typist in Vauhini Pictures, which then produced a series of landmark Telugu films like "Vande Mataram", "Sumangali", and "Devata". It was then K. Ramnoth, another South Indian movie director, told La.Sa.Ra. not to waste his gift indicating that his hoping for a career in films would not be salutary. He ultimately became a banker but he continued with his writing.

He won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989 for Chintha nathi, a collection of autobiographical essays.

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