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Balanadarajah Iyer

Kandasamy Iyer Balanadarajah Iyer ( Balanadarasan ) also known as Sinna Bala (June 6, 1957 – August 16, 2004) was a Sri Lankan Tamil activist,writer and a Poet who was a media secretary and a senior member of EPDP Eelam People’s Democratic Party.

Personal life

Balanadarasan was born on June 6, 1957 in Urelu Jaffna to a Teacher named N. Kandasamy Iyer and his wife Ambigai Amma. Balanadarasan was the Second of seven children. He is a member of Jaffna’s Tamil Brahmin community. Viramani Iyer ( well known Sri Lankan Carnatic Music Composer and a Dance lecturer) is the paternal uncle to Balanadarasan. bala was married to Jegatheswary Balanadarasan (Ranjana) Daughter of well known Hindu Priest Somasundara Kurukal and his wife Puvaneshwaray in 1990 October 31 and has three daughters. He began his political activities in 1972 at the age of 15 by opposing discrimination against Tamils with the Tamil Students Organization .

Writing

Balanadarasan was the publisher of Tharkeegam, the mouthpiece of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party. He was also a member of the editorial board for Ellanatham (News Paper for Tamils). He utilized the pseudonym “Ilaiyavan” when writing his books such as veedu, Kaniuruthi, Porkalam, Malaiyaitharatha vanam and the well known political book “Thimbu Muthal Tokyo Varai”

Death

On August 16, 2004 he was gunned down in Colombo by gunmen believed to be members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Iyer and an associate were killed by two men on motorcycles who shot at him with pistols. Iyer was shot him in the face and chest. His murder was the second major murder of a journalist in Sri Lanka in 2004

 

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