Sunday, November 18, 2012


Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai was a highly accomplished Malayalam Novelist and short story writer who received wide acclamation from readers all over the world.His Novel 'Chemmen'(Prawns) was  translated in to English and other 19 foreign languages.Many of  his books are translated in to English,Hindi,several Indian as well as foreign languages also.
Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai was famous by  his pen name 'Thakazhy' which is the name of his own village.He wrote so many Novels and more than 600 short stories.
Thakazhy got 'Jnanpith Award' which is the highest literary award in India.He was recipient of State and Central Sahitya Academy Awards also.
Thakazhy was appreciated for his unique style of realistic presentation which always provided a replica of the life style of the society and he spoke against
the evils prevailed in those period in many of his Novels and short stories.He 
wrote about various sectors in the society and communities,  emphasizing the problems facing by them.He glorified the dignity of work in his novel 'Thottiyude Makan'.He handled the problem of feudal system in this novel 'Randidangazhy' which was filmed by Neela Productions 'P.Subramanyam'.That film earned a certificate of merit at the Natioinal film award in 1958.
Many of his books were selected as film adaptation like 'Enipadikal,Chemmen,
Anubhavangal Palichakal' etc.

'Two 'Genius' writers.Both 'Jnanpith Award holders'.Thakazhy with M.T.Vasudevan Nair

'Chemmeen' (Prawns) earned much popularity for Thakazhy which was translated in to several Indian and foreign languages.It was selected for film adaptation 
Scene from film 'Chemmeen' (Sathyan and Sheela)
in 15 countries.The novel was first published in the year 1956.It received Kendra Sahitya Academy Award in 1958.Malayalam film adaptation was done by director Ramu Kariatt in 1965.Madhu,Sathyan,Sheela,Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair,Adoor Bhavani,S.P.Pillai etc acted in it.That film got National award and  brought the first Gold Medal as the Best Feature Film of India in that year.
The story of Chemmeen is described as happened in a fisherman's village of Alapuzha in Kerala and it is a sad ending love story.The narration of the novel is also appealing as the visual cinema and Thakazhy provides much delectation to his readers by his magical descriptions.
His masterpiece is an enormous novel by the name 'Kayar'(Coir) which has more than 1000 printed pages in size and it is an elaborate description  of the period from 1885 to 1971 A.D.By the well defined delineate presentation the social,economical and cultural picture of Kerala Village life during those period can be understood to all readers.
Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai's wife was 'Katha'.
Thakazhy  passed away on  April 10, 1999.

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