Award Name : Sahitya Akademi Award
Year of Award : 2002
Award for : Literature
Location : Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Sirpi Balasubramaniam is a Tamil poet, critic, scholar and professor from Tamil Nadu, India. Balasubramaniam was born in Aaththupollachi village in Coimbatore District. He obtained his MA from Annamalai University and PhD from Madras University. He worked as a lecturer in NGM college, Pollachi. He then became a Professor at the Tamil department of Bharathiar University. He eventually became the head of the Department. He was a founder member of the Vanambadi literary movement in the 1970s. He edited the movement's flagship journal of the same name and also another literary magazine called Annam vidu thoothu. He has published more than a dozen works of poetry and literary criticism in his literary career. In 2003, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for his poetry collection Oru Giraamattu Nadhi. He had earlier won the Sahitya Akademi's award for translators in 2001 for his translation of Lalithambika Antharjanam's Agnisakshi into Tamil. He is the current convener of the Akademi's Tamil advisory board.