Home M. Vasudevan Nair His thoughts and words often create everlasting impressions in print and on the silver screen. Among his contemporaries, he stands out as a multifaceted genius, who as time passed by, secured a special place in the hearts of Malayalees, and those who love anything that is Malayalam. Vasudevan Nair is a phenomenon when it comes to Malayalam literature. Today, he has made his own mark as a noted Indian novelist and scenarist. Born on August 15, in Kudallur, a small village in Palakkad district of Kerala, MT steadily started displaying exceptional creative skills in writing and soon carved a niche for himself through some outstanding novels and short stories in Malayalam.
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External links M. Vasudevan Nair is a script writer and director of Malayalam films. He has directed seven films and written the screenplay for around 54 films. He won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay four times for: Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha , Kadavu , Sadayam , and Parinayam , which is the most by anyone in the screenplay category.
He was awarded the highest literary award in India, Njnanpeedam , in 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. Early life and family M. Vasudevan Nair at a Calicut function 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 in , he 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 — He married writer and translator Prameela in They separated after 11 years of marriage. Literary career Short stories M T Vasudevan Nair MT began writing at a very young age, inspired by his elder brothers who wrote time and again in several literary journals and poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri who was his senior at high school.
Nair from Guruvayoor. His first story "Vishuvaghosham" was published in Madras -based Chitrakeralam magazine in 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. 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. Padmanabhan , serve 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. It has had 23 reprints and was translated into 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 It has the same geophysical and socio-cultural 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.
Manju and Kaalam Main articles: Manju novel and Kaalam novel His later novels, such as Manju Mist; and Kaalam Time; , are characterised by profuse lyricism which cannot to be found in Naalukettu or Asuravithu. Set in the splendid landscape of Nainital , it stands apart as set in a milieu different from the usual one, the Valluvanadan village. However, both MT and Verma have rejected these claims. Sethu, the protagonist, is toppled over by the eddies of social, cultural and economic transformation.
Kaalam, though not strictly autobiographical, has a strong autobiographical element in it. Manju had a film adaptation in , written and directed by MT himself. I have read between his lines and expanded on his pregnant silences," says the author. 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. 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. 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.
Manushyar Nizhalukal and Aalkkoottathil Thaniye are his travelogues. 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 into English. MT joined the Mathrubhumi Group of Publications in When he retired from there in , he was their editor of periodicals and Chief Editor of Mathrubhumi Illustrated Weekly.
On 2 June , he was bestowed with honorary D. Lit degree by the Calicut University. Film career MT along with Ramachandra Babu , who served as cinematographer in many of his films. Vasudevan Nair is one of the most distinguished and well accepted script writers and directors in Malayalam cinema. The film was an adaptation of his story "Snehathinte Mukhangal". The Hindu described it as "a well-made film with a compelling plot" and as "one of the most significant films in the history of Malayalam cinema".
Also, it was M. T who elevated this medium of writing as a literary from. Some of his screenplays are known for giving new interpretations to historical characters and historical stories. 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 Institute , Pune. Literary style and themes M. Vasudevan Nair 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.
The phase of social realism had come to an end. The prominent Malayalam writers of the pre-independence phase— Thakazhi , Vallathol 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 in the context of present Kerala.
The protagonists of MT are men out of society and at war with themselves, a sharp contrast to the heroes of Kesavadev or Thakazhi who fight a losing war against the hostile forces in the society.
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Early life and family[ edit ] M. Vasudevan Nair at a Calicut function 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 in , he 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 — He married writer and translator Prameela in
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