Popular Journalist Gnanai whose real name is Sankaran was born in Chengalpet near Chennai in 1954. Gnani who is popularly known as a writer and journalist is multifaceted person. Apart from being a writer, journalist, he has been a stage artiste, Political critic, Columnist and a Politician. Gnani has also directed and produced few stage plays. He had been running a drama troop named “Pariksha”for more than 30 years. His father Late. Vembu was also a journalist.
His writings were mainly on social awareness. He has directed few stage plays and short films. Gnani has directed a Teleserial on Thanthai Periyar.
In the year 2014, Gnani contested as a candidate representing for ‘Eliya Makkal Katchi(Party for the simple public)’ from Alandur Constituency for the Legislative Assembly Elections and lost in it. Later on June 28,2014 he resigned from the party.
Gnani who is aged 64 years had some health issues for the past few months and had been taking medical assistance. He passed away yesterday late night at his residence. He is survived by his wife and one son. The Corpse of Gnani has been kept at his house at No. 39, Alagarsamy Road, K.K.Nagar, Chennai – 600078 for public homage.