Edasseri Govindan Nair

(23 December 1906 - 16 October 1974 / Kuttippuram, Kerala, India)

Edasseri Govindan Nair
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Edasseri Govindan Nair was a prominent Indian poet from Kerala who wrote in his native Malayalam tongue. His works include 19 books and over 300 poems in 10 anthologies, 6 books of plays and a collection of essays.

Born in a village, Kuttippuram, in Kerala (India) on December 23, 1906. Father was P. Krishna Kurup and mother Edasseri Kalathil Kunjukutty Amma. The child was named "Govindan", a very common name meaning "Lord Krishna".

"Edasseri Kalathil" is the name of Tharavad or ancestral home. Being "Nair" by caste Govindan was subjected to the matriarchal custom which was prevalent amongst Nairs. The custom placed mother’s eldest... more »

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  • Madhavan Edasseri Madhavan Edasseri (9/8/2012 6:05:00 AM)

    Please visit the official website of Edasseri Memorial Committee (Smaraka Samithi) . There is wealth of information about Edasseri, his life and works.

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Best Poem of Edasseri Govindan Nair

The Shepherd Of King Bimbisaran

I too had a mother
When a King bought me, a slave,
She was given a price, a few coins
She tied them to my apron-strings
And left bare-handed
I bought a blanket, later
To protect her from cold
Alas! When I came with the gift at last
She had gone for eternal rest
Under the cover of a thick earthen blanket.

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