National Artist Ajin Panjapan passed away at the age of 91 on Saturday, leaving behind his timeless literature and his large fan following.
His bathing rite was held at Wat Tri Thotsathep in Bangkok yesterday afternoon.
Born on October 11, 1927, Ajin was a prolific writer. His literary works covered articles, novels, short stories, scripts for TV dramas and radio dramas, poems, and even lyrics.
But his most-remembered masterpiece is a compilation of short stories under the title of “Mueang Rae” (Mine).
The stories were written based on his real-life experiences while working as a miner in the South. His father sent Ajin, who was dismissed as a student from the Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Engineering because of low grades, to a mine to discipline him.
The stories were made into a movie, “Mahalai Mueang Rae” (University of Mining).
Popular as a writer, he was also much respected as an editor. He was a co-founder of Fa Mueang Thai, a magazine that once enjoyed huge popularity among Thais.
In 1991, Ajin was named a national artist in the field of literature.
His elder sister, Cha-um Panjapan, was also a prominent novelist. She passed away at the age of 92 in 2013.