Chennai: Educationist and socio-political activist M Nannan (94), who served as a professor of Tamil at the Presidency College and popular for his Tamil classes on Doordarshan in the 1980s, passed away in the city today.
Nannan was born in 1923 and was a resident of Saidapet. After graduating in Tamil, Nannan presented a Tamil language coaching programme on All India Radio (AIR) from 1948 till the mid-1950s.
Later he was offered the post of Tamil lecturer at the Presidency College, Madras.
During the 1980s,he gave Tamil classes on Doordarshan and also also served as Director of Tamil Development and Vice-Chairman of Adult Education Board.
He has written more than 70 books including poems and novels, most of which spoke about Periyar’s policy.
He was also recipient of several awards including the Tamil Semmal, Thiru V K and Periyar award.
Several political leaders including expelled AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran, PMK founder S Ramadoss and Tamilnadu Congress Committee president, Thirunavuakarasar have conveyed their condolences.
His body has been kept for public homage at his residence following which the final rites will be carried out.