‘Nerkaanal,’ a unique quarterly magazine , the first of its kind in Tamil, takes as its subject people who have excelled in their chosen field but stay away from limelight. Subjects who have had a significant role to play in the development of Tamil art and literature but stayed away from the attention of mass media. The magazine is into the fifth issue now and the sixth one is getting ready. Boutha Ayyanar, a native of Vinayakapuram near Melur in Madurai district, now settled in Chennai, a writer and critic is the Editor/Publisher of this magazine.
So far, Nerkaanal has featured N. Muthusamy (playwright); V. Sriram (translator); Vannanilavan (writer); Nazzer (film personality) and P. Krishnamurthy (painter and art director). The future list includes V. Vasanth Devi (educationist), Poet.Abi, V.Geetha, S. V. Rajadurai, Anita Ratnam, Sanjay Subramaniam, Gnakkoththan, Nuhumam and Deepaselvan, a Sri Lankan student studying in Madras University, who has been recording the sufferings of Sri Lankan Tamils through his ‘lived experience.”
Bringing out a magazine like ‘Nerkaanal’ is an arduous task. More than the financial implications of publishing a special magazine, the time and toil involved are more. The success of the magazine goes to Tamil lovers, philanthropists and anonymous contributors. For lack of financial backing, the magazine, first published in 2010, is not able to come out as a regular quarterly. But the attempt has been hailed universally. It is hosted in pdf format in www.vallinam.com.my.