Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam, 1952-2014
We are heartbroken by the loss of one of the founders of the University of Toronto Tamil Studies Conference, Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam. A leading light of the Tamil literary world, Chelva passed away suddenly in Montreal from a heart attack. He had just been awarded the highest of academic honours in Canada with a fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada. Chelva was a Professor in the English Department at the University of Toronto. Also one of the founders of the Tamil Literary Garden, he was an outstanding scholar and translator of Tamil literature, and one the few who could negotiate classical Tamil and critical theory with equal ease. Chelva was a generous mentor to many generations of students and colleagues. This is a huge loss for Tamil studies, for postcolonial literary theory, for the global Tamil community, and for those of us in Toronto who worked closely with him and learned from him over the years. His gentle presence and his dreams for the field will always remain with us.