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Changampuzha Krishna Pillai

(11 October 1911 – 17 June 1948 / Kerala / India)

Biography of Changampuzha Krishna Pillai

Changampuzha Krishna Pillai poet

Changampuzha Krishna Pillai was a celebrated Malayalam poet from Kerala, India, known almost exclusively for his romantic elegy Ramanan which was written in 1936 and sold over 100,000 copies. It is a play writtern in the form of verse.Ramanan, written in the romantic tradition, remains a best seller. It is a long pastoral elegy allegedly based on the life of Changampuzha's friend Edappally Raghavan Pillai. He is credited with bringing poetry to the masses with his simple romantic style. He died of Tuberculosis at a young age of 36. His style influenced next few generations of Malayalam poetry.

"Changampuzha Smaraka Grandhasala" (meaning Changampuzha Memorial Library) and the Changampuzha Park, are two institutions established as memorial for the great poet at his birthplace Edappally. He died at the age of 37. His tomb is maintained by the Cochin Corporation and Greater Cochin Development Authority. The area of his tomb belongs to his maternal family property. Few lines from his poem 'Spandikkunna Asthimadom' was inscribed on his tomb. The lines are:
"My biggest failure,
Is having an honest heart,
In this faulty world."

Changampuzha Krishna Pillai's Works:

Poetry
Ramanan
Vaazhakkula
Divyageetham
Devageetha
Bashpanjali
Spandikkunna Asthimaadam
Rekthapushpangal
Madirolsavam
Padunna Pisachu

Prose
Kalithozhi .
Katharathnamalika.

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