P. Kunhiraman Nair
(4 November 1906 - 27 May 1978), also known as Mahakavi P
, was a renowned Malayalam
poet whose works romanticised the natural beauty of his home state of Kerala
in southern India
and juxtaposed it with the hard realities of his life and times.
Born in Bellikoth
of north Malabar
, from Kasaragod
P., as he is known (simply by his initial), led a Bohemian
lifestyle, wandering across Kerala, living in several places, meeting their people and making them part of his life and literature. He worked as a school teacher, having taught at Koodali
Poetry formed his main genre of work (it isn't exactly known how many poems he penned during his half-a-century career as many are irretrievably lost), though he has also penned stories, articles and a few plays. His autobiography, 'Kaviyude Kaalpaadukal' (The Footmarks of a Poet), is one of the celebrated works in prose in Malayalam.
The central Kerala belt of Valluvanad
, known for its scenic charm and cultural vibrancy, worked as a major source of inspiration for the poet, who lived there for long—partly as a family man. His works are also dotted with metaphors from Kathakali
, the classical dance-drama of his region.
Kunhiraman Nair was an award winner of both the Kerala Sahithya Akademi
and the Kendra Sahithya Academy Award
Also proficient in Sanskrit
, Kunhiraman Nair initially... Read More