Digambara Swamiyar
Created by Vaduvur Duraisami Iyengar

The United States was certainly not the only country to have a pulp fiction explosion. In the forties, the libraries of the Indian province of Tamil were crammed with "thuppariyum kathaigal" (detective stories) which caught the attention of thousands of readers.

DIGAMBARA SWAMIYAR was the hero (and title) of a very popular Indian detective novel of the 1950's, which dealt with the adventures of a "sanyasi" (or holy man) turned private eye. In true pulp tradition, Digambara wore all kinds of disguises and performed great feats of courage in order to unmask the villains.

The novel proved popular enough that Modern Theatres, Salem, one of the most famous studios in Tamil Nadu, even adapted it to film.




Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks, Keith.

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