Dr R. Krishnamurthy, the scholar and owner-editor of ‘Dina Malar’, who simplified the Tamil script, departs at 88

Dr R. Krishnamurthy, the former Editor of the Tamil daily newspaper Dina Malar, has passed on, aged 88.

A full-page obituary adorns the front page of the paper in today’s issue. Dr Krishnamurthy was its Editor for 40 years.


Dr Krishnamurthy was also a renowned epigraphist, as an obituary in The Times of India notes: “He was behind simplifying the Tamil script and introduced the Periyar script with fewer alphabets.

“Though there was opposition from scholars, other newspapers picked it up after Dina Malar made it popular.”


The inside pages of today’s Dina Malar are full of tributes.


Just four days ago, Dr Krishnamurthy’s name appeared for the last time in the paper’s Form IV declaration.

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