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Madath Thekkepaattu Vasudevan Nair born 9 Augustpopularly known as MTis an Indian author, screenplay writer and film director. He shot into fame at the age of 20 when, as a chemistry undergraduate, he won the prize for the best short story in Malayalam at World Short Story Competition conducted by The New York Herald Tribune.

The deep emotional experiences of his early days have gone into the making of MT’s novels. Most of his works are oriented towards the basic Malayalam family structure and culture mmalayalam many of them were path-breaking in the history of Malayalam literature. His three seminal novels on life in the matriarchal family in Kerala are NaalukettuAsuravithuand Kaalam.

Randamoozhamwhich retells the story of the Mahabharatha from the point of view of Bhimasenais widely credited as his masterpiece. Vasudevan Nair malaya,am a script writer and director of Malayalam films. He has directed seven films and written the screenplay for around 54 films. Vasudsvan Vadakkan VeeragathaKadavuSadayamand Parinayamwhich is the most by anyone in the screenplay category.

He was awarded the highest literary award in India, Jnanpithin for his overall contribution to Malayalam literature. He was awarded the J. Daniel Award for lifetime achievement in Malayalam cinema for the year He served as the editor of Mathrubhumi Illustrated Weekly for several years. Vasudevan was born on 9 August in Kudallur in the present day Palakkad district. Narayanan Nair and Ammalu Amma.

He had to break education after high school, and when he joined college inhe was advised to opt for the science stream as it was felt that a degree in science secured a job faster than any other degree.

Tutorial College, Palakkad during — MT has been married twice. He married writer and translator Prameela in Mallayalam separated after ni years of marriage. MT began writing at a very young age, inspired by his elder brothers who malajalam time and again in several literary journals and poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri who was his shirt at high school.

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His first story “Vishuvaghosham” was published in Madras -based Chitrakeralam magazine in The story which explores the feelings of a boy too poor to have crackers of his own, as he stands listening to the sounds of crackers coming from the houses of the rich celebrating the new year festival of Vishu: The numerous stories which followed dealt with themes culled from widely different milieus and contexts but were uniformly successful and popular. The story reveals the insanity behind the civilised and supposedly sane world.

The story “Sherlock” moves between the rural milieu familiar to MT’s readers and the sophisticated world of Indian immigrants in the US, highlighting the contrast between them with subtle irony. MT wrote passionately of the cruelty hidden at the heart of a seemingly idyllic rural life “Kurukkante Kalyanam” or “The Jackal’s Wedding” and “Shilalikhithangal” or “Stone Inscriptions” and of the privations endured by those dependent on the agricultural cycle “Karkitakom” and “Pallivalum Kalchilambum” or “Sacred Sword and Anklets”.

In the story “Vanaprastham”, he studies the delicately balanced relationship between a teacher and a student that has miraculously survived the years.

Vasudevan Nair is of the opinion that short story is a genre in which a writer can achieve near perfection. He, along with T. Padmanabhanserve as bridges between the early modern short story writers in Malayalam, of the so-called renaissance, and the new short story of the late fifties and sixties. The novel remains a classic in Malayalam fiction.


It contributed to the renewal of a literary tradition initiated by S.

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It has had 23 reprints and was translated syort 14 languages and had a record sale of a half a million copies as of and still features in the best-seller lists. It won the Kerala State Television Award for the year Asuravithu The Demon Seed ; which is set in a fictional Valluvanadan village named Kizhakkemuri can be considered almost as a sequel to Jalayalam.

It has the same geophysical and mlaayalam setting. The novel describes the plight of the protagonist Govindankutty, the youngest son of a proud Nair tharavadu, as he is trapped between the social scenario, social injustice and his own inner consciousness. In Asuravithu there are clear indications of the damaging impact of an alien culture in the pollution of the indigenous culture and the disintegration of the family and the community.

These two early novels— Naalukettu and Asuravithu —depict a phase in which the economic and cultural scenario of Kerala manifested symptoms which were to develop into dangerous ecocidal tendencies at a later stage.

His later novels, such as Manju Mist ; and Kaalam Time ;are characterised by profuse lyricism which cannot to be found in Naalukettu or Asuravithu. The eco-feminist theme nari patriarchal domination and exploitation gains more prominence in ManjuMT’s only novel with a female protagonist Vimala.

Set in the splendid landscape of Nainitalit stands apart as set in a milieu different from the usual one, the Valluvanadan village. However both MT and Verma have rejected these claims.

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In the novel KaalamMT returns to his favourite milieu, the dilapidated joint-family Nair tarwad set against the wider backdrop of the Valluvanadan village in the backdrop of the crumbling matrilineal order of Kerala in a newly independent India. Sethu, the protagonsit, is toppled over by the eddies of social, cultural and economic transformation. Kaalamthough not strictly autobiographical, has a strong autobiographical element in it.

Manju had a film adaptation inwritten and directed by MT himself. Randamoozham The Second Turn ;widely regarded as the author’s masterpiece, retells the story of the Mahabharatha from the point of view of Bhimasenasupposed to be the son of Vayu ; this is demystified or demythified in the novel.

In this novel, Bhima gains, through the author’s ironic undertones, a new psychological depth. I have read between his lines mm expanded on his pregnant silences,” says shortt author. MT’s latest novel is Varanasi which is an emotional journey to Varanasia pilgrim centre in North India.

Varanasi opens with Professor Srinivasan’s letter to Sudhakaran, the protagonist, referring to his unfinished thesis among his old vasudevqn. The professor invites him to his home in Varanasi. Sudharkaran, in his sixties, and recovering from a prostrate procedure, decides to take the professor by surprise.

He realises on arrival that the professor has recently died. The story evolves with a series of reminiscences, like a REM stream, in time transitions.

The narration involves the third, first, and second person. In the train to Varanasi, Sudhakaran fishes out the book Kashi: The Eternal City by Sumita Nagpal, in which he is also acknowledged. By the time Sudhakaran finishes the book, he has traversed his life, his women, seen the demise of his well-wishers, moved through Varanasi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Paris, and Madras.

He sees no need to complete his thesis — ‘about the possibilities of Caliban’ as once suggested by his professor for a scholarship at the university — and lets it go into stogies Ganga. He does the professor’s last rites as also his own Atma Pindom One’s own funeral rites in anticipation of death.

At the Dashashwamedh Ghat, Sumita, now an elderly woman, merely passes him by, not even recognising him. It was well received in the literary circles but received criticism from critic and painter M. MT and Mohamed stayed in a rented house in Karuvarakkundu village, Kozhikode for a period of two weeks to complete this work. MT has authored two ahort on the craft of writing— Kaathikante Panippura and Kaathikante Kala —and his anecdotal columns articles on various topics and speeches on different occasions have been compiled under the titles Kilivaathililude, Kannanthalippookkalude Kaalam, Vakkukalude Vismayam and Eekakikalude Sabdam.


Manushyar Nizhalukal and Aalkkoottathil Thaniye are his travelogues. He occupied and continues to occupy many important and powerful malayalan in various literary bodies including the presidency of Kerala Sahitya Akademi and the chairmanship of Tunchan Memorial Trust.

The Library of Congress has in its collection sixty-two books, mostly by MT and some on him. Also, some of them are translations of his works storiex English. MT joined the Mathrubhumi Group of Publications in When he retired from there inhe was their editor of periodicals mmalayalam Chief Editor of Mathrubhumi Illustrated Weekly.

On 2 Junehe was bestowed with honorary D. Lit degree by the Calicut University. Vasudevan Nair is one of the most distinguished and well accepted script writers and directors in Malayalam cinema.

MT wrote his first screenplay, in for Murappennuat the behest of producer Shobhana Parameswaran Nair. The film was an adaptation of his story “Snehathinte Mukhangal”.

The Hindu described it as “a well-made film with a vasueevan plot” and as “one of the most significant films in the history of Malayalam cinema”. MT was the shrt and foremost script writer in Malayalam who wrote screenplays after having learnt cinema as stoeies distinctive visual art which has its own language, grammar and structure. Also it was M. T who elevated this medium of writing as a literary from.

MT’s screenplays have won social attention for the portrayal of the social and cultural crisis in the contemporary life of Kerala.

The disintegration of human values and relationship which creates identity crisis, sense of loss, dehumanisation, alienation from one’s own surroundings etc.

Some of his screenplays are known for giving new interpretations to historical characters and historical stories. For instance, he gives the legends woven malxyalam the popular story of Perumthachan a new interpretation in nai screenplaybased on his own assessment of Perumthachan’s character.

But MT’s Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha presents an alternative version of the same legend, as it presents the incident from Chandu’s perspective, suggesting that vasudsvan injustice has been done to Chandu by wrongly accusing him of replacing the rivets. He has written songs for the film Valarthumrugangal which were set to tune by M.

He has also served as a faculty in the Film and Television InstitutePune. MT was born and brought up in a sylvan village on the banks of Nila. The writer has so often acknowledged his indebtedness to the ethos of his village and to Nila which has ever been the mainspring of his creative inspiration.

Nila occurs and re-occurs in MT’s fiction, as sfories presence and as r symbol, endorsing this view. The landscape and ethos of the Valluvanad region and the transformations undergone by them in the course of the century, involving relics of the tarawad and the communal tensions provide a challenging theme for the highly evocative style of Vasudevan Nair’s narrative art.

The temporal milieu of MT’s fiction stretches over the second half of the twentieth century, a period of tremendous social, cultural and economic changes. It was in the sixties that MT rose to prominence as a writer. The phase of social realism had come to an end. The prominent Malayalam writers of the pre-independence phase— ThakazhiDhort and Kesavadev —were all stimulated by the progressive leftist ideals. They focussed their attention on social conflict as the theme for their writings—Conflict between capital and labour, between the landlord and the tenant, between the oppressor and the oppressed.

MT felt that this theme of conflict was an outdated phenomenon kalayalam the context of present Kerala.