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K Satchidananadan


A pioneer of Modern Poetry in Malayalam
K Satchidanandan is a noted Indian poet, bilingual critic, film maker, playwright, editor, literary columnist and translator. He is also a public intellectual who voices his perspectives on religious fanaticism, human rights, environmental issues and contemporary Indian literature. In 1996 he was nominated Secretary, the chief executive, of the Academy, a post from which he retired in 2006. Later he served as a Consultant to the Indian Government’s Department of Higher Education and to the National Translation Mission. He also worked as Director, School of Translation Studies and Training at the Indira Gandhi Open University, Delhi. He is the former editor of Indian Literature Journal and the former secretary of Sahitya Academy.
Major works: Venal Mazha, Veedumattam, Apoornam,Ivanekkoodi, Satchidanandante Kavithakal, Vikku, Ente Kavitha, Nilkkunna Manushyan (poetry- Malayalam) Sakthan Thampuran, Gandhi (Plays). Kurukshetram , Marxian Soundarya Sastram, Pala Lokam, Pala Kalam, Darshanathinte Ritubhedangal, Sahityavum Pratirodhavum, Vithum Vrikshavum ( Prose). Indian Literature: Positions and Propositions, Indian Literature Paradigms and Perspectives and Readings, Indian Literature and Beyond (Essays in English)
Awards: Kendra Sahitya Academy Award, Kerala Sahitya Academy Award, Ezhuthachan Award, Mahakavi P. Kunjiraman Nair Award, Mhakavi Kumaranasan Award, Vayalar Award, Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan Award, Padamaprabha Award, Kamala Surayya Award.

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