Dominic Jeeva, one of the foremost Lankan Tamil writers, passed away yesterday (28).
The 94-year-old senior writer’s contribution to Tamil readers through the publication of ‘Mallihei’ for nearly half a century has never been properly appreciated.
He turned to journalism as an energetic youth in early 60s. His response of protest related to common hardships of life such as poverty as well as caste oppression in Tamil society was portrayed in his writings. He played a pioneering role in introducing Sinhala writers and their excellent works to the Tamil community. He was also a member of the Communist Party and was hailed as the ‘Maxim Gorky’ of Lankan Tamil literature.
After the outbreak of the war in 1983, he did not give up writing, even amidst of hindrances caused by the LTTE’s activities. He came to Colombo from Jaffna in the face of threats and tried to continue publishing ‘Mallihei’ magazine.
Despite his shattered hopes of socialist achievements which he kept along his life, he continued to contribute progressive discourse in literary pursuits, knowing that his last breath is also worthy in winning the struggle of oppressed masses even that is not achieved while alive.
Due to the current epidemic situation, the relatives will arrange for the funeral of this great man to be held with limited participation.
Some of his literary works could be listed as following:
1 Thanneerum Kanneerum
3 Saalayin Thiruppam
4 Vazhvin Tharisanangal
5 Dominic Jeeva Sirukathaikal
1 Anubava Muththiraigal
3 Eazhalaththilirunthu Oru Illakkiyakural
6 Mupperim Thalainagarangalil 30 Natkal
Unpainted drawing for unwritten poetry (Autobiography-available both in Tamil & English languages)
1 Emathu Ninaivugalil Kailasapathy
2 Malligai Mugangal
3 Attaippada Oviyangal
4 Tamil translation of 15 sinhala stories
1961 Sri Lanka State Literary Award ‘Thaneerum Kanneerum’
1963 Sri Lanka State Literary Award ‘Pathukai’
2001 M.A.(Hons) By University of Jaffna (Honorary)