M. Krishnan Nair (author)

M. Krishnan Nair (Author)

M. Krishnan Nair (author)

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Prof. M. Krishnan Nair (March 3, 1923 – February 23, 2006) was an eminent Malayalam writer, literary critic and orator.

He was born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 3 March 1923. His father was V.K. Madhavan Pillai and mother, L. Sarada Amma. He had his school education at Travancore and his college education at University College, Thiruvananthapuram. After completing his Post Graduate Degree in Malayalam Literature, he served a lecturer of Malayalam Literature at various colleges in Kerala, before retiring as the Head of Malayalam Department, Maharaja's College, Ernakulam.


His works include 'Adhunika Malayala Kavitha,' 'M. Krishna Nairude Prabhandangal,' 'Prathibhayude Jwalagni' and compilation of 'Sahithya Varaphalam.'

Nair's weekly Malayalam column 'Sahithya Varaphalam', which is carried by leading weeklies, has been the most widely read column in the language for the last 35 years. Nair earned friends and foes and often created storm in literary circles with his pungent comments, brief but incisive analysis and sharp observations in his column. He Was a voracious reader. Krishnan Nair's pen was for more than three decades the Malayali readers' preferred pointer to quality literature published the world over.

He retired as a teacher in 1978. He was the recipient of the first Goenka award for Excellence in Literary journalism.Krishnan Nair would perhaps be best remembered as the critic who — after Kesari Balakrishna Pillai — opened up the vistas of Western...
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