Renowned epigraphist, former bureaucrat and editor of Tamil daily Dinamani Iravatham Mahadevan passed away in Chennai on Monday. He was 88 years old. He took voluntary retirement from government service to carry out researches in epigraphy. In 1970 he was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship for his reasearch in Indus script and the National Fellowship of the Indian Council of Historical Research in 1992 for his work on Tamil Brahmi inscriptions. Apart from these he was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009.
"The passing away of Mahadevan is a big loss to the media as well as archaeology. He had a separate place for himself in archaeology. My condolences to his family", said chief minister K Palaniswami. DMK president M K Stalin in a statement recalled Mahadevan's contributions towards Tamil language. " He was presented with the 2009-10 Tolkappiar award and he also presented a papaer on Tamil Brahmi inscriptions in the 2010 world Classical Tamil Vonference", said Stalin who paid homage at his residence. Tamil culture minister K Pandiarajan, former CPM state secretary G Ramakrishnan, AMMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran and other paid homage to Mahadevan.