Making a mark in a particular field is a distinction, excelling in more than one is an achievement. Rajasyamala Prakash belongs to the second category.
This soft-natured home-maker paints a rosy picture as an accomplished writer, dancer and an artist. Inspired by her mother Lakshmi Rajarathnam (novelist), she started to pen short stories at a tender age of 10. Her maiden venture Kavithaavin Aasai published in Nayanathara, a monthly, gave a boost to develop her creative skills further.
Of course, her father Rajarathnam, a retired Deputy Director of Employment and Training, and mother were a guiding spirit in her writing pursuit. Joyous were the moments for young Rajasyamala when she received accolades from both teachers and friends. As a school-going child, she saw her stories on print in children's magazines like Balamithra, Rathnabala and Gokulam.
From childhood to adulthood, she started contributing to magazines like Mangai, Dinakaran, Kumudam, Malaimathi, Penmani Kanmani, Dinamalar and Kunguma Simizh. Most of her stories centered around social themes focusing on women.
It was a shot in the arm for Rajasyamala when her short stories were dramatised in All India Radio. And that gave her a new identity.
Interestingly, she is a PG in English whose love is for Tamil, so to say. Presently, she is pursuing her M Phil in English and continues to write for vernacular magazines.
Her first novel Kaadhal Nenjai Killathey was published in Kunguma Simizh and other works include Kannalaney Sila Nerangalil Sila Manushigal, Kanakkandenadi, Uyirey..Uyirey, Unathu Vizhiyil Enathu Kavithai, Manam Virumbuthey Unnai and Vasantha Kalakkolangal. Her next novel is slated for publication in Penmani, a monthly, in its April issue.
Like a happy ending to the story, Rajasyamala married writer and journalist Priya Kalyanaraman alias Prakash in 1993. It was Prakash who proposed to her after seeing her stories in Kumudam.
Besides writing, she is a classical dancer. She received the Naatiya Thendral and Aadal Arasi titles at Tiruvarur and Thiruvaiyaru.
Rajasyamala is interested in painting. She exhibited her painting skills at exhibitions held under the aegis of Kamatchi Kalaikoodam.
This artist was also a child artiste. 'I performed a role in Bhaktha Dhuruva Markandeya. The offer came to me from our family friend and yesteryear artiste Banumathy,' she said and added that Shobana and Rohini also did roles as child artistes.
'But for my husband and my parents, I wouldn't have come this far. The motivation and encouragement from them is inexplicable,' she noted.