Monday, July 6, 2015

E.V.Krishna Pillai

E.V.Krishna Pillai was a well Known literary  writer  from Kerala  who authored and published large number of books  in Malayalam Language.He was an acclaimed satirist writer and through his numerous essays of social criticism mixed up with humor he tried for a massive change in the society.
C.V.Raman Pillai
There were  only a few successful writers in Malayalam who could handle humor in a successful manner in literature, and the  most prominent among them were the legend 'Kunchan Nambiar' who wrote large number of poetry books and also formed the art form 'Ottan Thullal'.
In the early 20th century E.V.Krishna Pillai and Sanjayan were the two eminent writers who entered with their satirist essays which helped to eradicate several evils prevailed in the society.
E.V.Krishna Pillai was also an advocate, stage actor etc.
He was born on 14th September 1894 at Kunnathur in Kollam District to parents Pappu Pillai and Karthiyayani Amma.
His primary schooling was done at Periganad, and continued his school studies at Thumpamon and at Alappuzha.He studied for intermediate course at CMS College Kottayam, and studid for degree course at University College, Thiruvananthapuram.
He started his career as a clerk in Taluk Office and later became Assistant Tehsildar (Taluk Officer) at Kalkulam.He passed Bachelor of Law in 1923 and started to practice law as an advocate at Thiruvanathapuram and Kollam.
He also worked as the Editor of the publication 'Malayali' and also the Editor of 'Malayala Manorama weekly'.
He became a member of Travancore Legislative Council in 1931.
He married  Maheswari Amma who was the youngest daughter of Eminent Malayalam Novelist C.V.Raman Pillai in 1919.His eldest son was the popular actor of Malayalam and Tamil films 'Chandraji'.His second son was the well known comedy actor 'Adoor Bhasi' his third son handled the cartoon column 'Kunchu Kurup' in Malayala Manorama Newspaper.
E.V.Krishna Pillai helped his Father-in-Law C.V.Raman Pillai in the creation of his historical novel 'Ramaraja Bahadoor' by writing down it while C.V.Raman Pillai dictated it from his mind.This experience also kindled the imaginative power which helped him to became a literary writer later.
E.V.Krishna Pillai through his stories and essays wanted to create comedy scenes to make the readers amused and laugh and not bothered or focused on the realism of those creations.By reading his books the readers get a clear picture of those periods.
He wrote 14 stage plays like 'Seethalakshmi, Rajakesavadasan, Iravikutti Pillai, Pranaya Kakiyan, Vivaha Kammattam,B.A.Mayavi' etc.
'Iravikutti Pillai,Raja Kesava Dasan,Seetha Lakshmi' were dramas with historical themes.
'Chiriyum Chinthayum' is a widely read book which contains his satirist essays mixed with humor.
Adoor Bhasi
E.V.Krishna Pillai was such a personality who viewed everything with a sense of humor and comedy.
He also wrote autobiography titled 'Jeevitha Smaranakal' which is also a well acclaimed earlier Biographies in Malayalam Language.
This great personality died at an early age of 44 on March 30, 1938.
During the initial stage of his acting career Adoor Bhasi with some other actors met the then Chief Minister 'Pattom Thanu Pillai' regarding some  cinema matters of those days.Pattom Thanu Pillai was not knowing Adoor Bhasi at that period since he  was  not very popular and familiar to everybody.When Adoor Bhasi introduced himself Pattom Thanu Pillai advised him not to spoil his father's name and  the well reputed social image of E.V.Krishna Pillai.

Adoor Bhasi perhaps but earned more popularity than his father in later years as the 'Comedy Emperor ' of Malayalam Cinema. 

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