Balakumaran was born on 5th July 1946 at Pazhamarneri in Thanjavur district and has become one of the most widely read authors of Tamil Nadu.
He has penned almost 200 novels and has worked as a script writer for many renowned Tamil films. His chef d’oeuvre ‘Udayar’, brings out the achievements of the great Rajaraja Chola in six volumes.
He is the recipient of many state awards for his contribution to Tamil literature and Tamil cinema.
He lives in Chennai with his two wives and two children.