Award winning Malayalam
The award winning Malayalam authors are many in Malayalam literature
namely Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai (1914
-1999), Uroob (1915-1979), O. V. Vijayan (1930-2005), S. K. Pottekkatt, (1913–1982), Vaikom Muhammad Basheer (1908-1994), M. Mukundan,
Kamala Suraiyya, M T Vasudevan Nair, P. Kesava Pillai (1904-1983)etc.
Some works of Vaikom Muhammad Basheerinclude Baalyakaalasakhi, Shabdangal, Paaththummaayude
Aadu, Mathilukal, Ntuppuppaakkoraanaendaarnnu, Anarga Nimisham etc. In 1982, he was awarded the Padma Sri. He
is also remembered as the Beypore Sultan. In 1965, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer wrote Mathilukal, a love story.
Mathilukal means walls. The hero’s name in this love story is Basheer and the heroine is Narayani. In the
story, both the hero and heroine are imprisoned in two jails. Both the jails are separated by a huge
The World famous director of Kerala, Adoor Gopalakrishnandirected the film namely Mathilukal
based on the novel by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. The film won many awards. In the film, Mammootty played the role of Basheer while
K. P. A. C. Lalitha played the role
M. Mukundan (1942-
) is one of the award winning Malayalam authors. In Kerala, he is also known as 'Mayyazhiyude Kadhakaaran
(Mayyazhi’s story teller). "Pravasam” is Mukundan's latest novel. 'Adithyanum Radhayum Mattu Chilarum', 'Oru
Dalit Yuvathiyude Kadanakatha','Kesavante Vilapangal' and 'Nirtham “ are the other four novels from
Uroob (1915 –
1979) was another famous Malayalam writer. The penname of P. C. Kuttikrishnan is Uroob. During the twentieth century, he was one of the progressive writers in
Malayalam. His novels are as follows namely Aamina(1948), Kunjammayum
Koottukarum(1952), Ummachu (1954), Mindappennu(1956), Sundarikalum Sundaranmarum (1958), Chuzhiku pimbe chuzhi(1967), Aniyara(1968), Ammini(1972).
Kamala Suraiyya (b. Kamala Madhavikutty) [1934 – 2009] was a famous poet and one of
the award winning Malayalam authors of Kerala. She was noted for her short stories, poems and autobiography.
She wrote in English under the name Kamala Das.
Palayan, Neermathalam Pootha
Kalam, Chandana Marangal, Vandikkalaka etc are some of her novels while Neypayasam, Nashtapetta
Neelambari, Chekkerunna Pakshikaletc are
some of her short stories. Ente Kathawas her autobiography.
P. Kesava Pillai’s pen-name was P. Kesavadev. He was also one of the award winning Malayalam authors
of Kerala. As a novelist and social reformer of Kerala state, he wrote short stories,
dramas, novels and autobiographies. The exponents of progressive Malayalam Literature include Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer and Kesavadev.Some of his novels include Bhranthalayam (The Mad
House; 1949), Rowdy (1958), Ayalkar (The Neighbours; 1963), Nadi (1951), Ulakka (1951),
Kannadi (1961), Sakhavu Karottu Karanavar (1961) etc.
Madathil Thekkepaattu Vasudevan Nair (1933- ) is one of the award winning
Malayalam authors of Kerala. Popularly known as MT, his boundaries extend to screenplay writer, film director etc. Some of his novels include Kaalam (Time), Nalukettu (Ancestral house), Asuravithu (Demon's seed),
Vilapayathra (The funeral procession), Randamoozham (Second Turn) etc. He
received many honorary awards namely Kendra Sahitya Academy Awards, National Film Awards, Jnanpith
Awardetc as a writer as well as
O V Vijayan was
not only one of the award winning authors of Malayalam, but also a good cartoonists too. His collections of
novel include Khasakkinte Itihasam (The Legends of Khasak; 1969), Dharmapuranam (The Saga of
Dharmapuri; 1985), Gurusaagaram (The Infinity of Grace; 1987), Pravachakante Vazhi (The Path of the
Prophet; 1992), Thalamurakal (Generations; 1997).