Kumaran Asan

(12 April 1873 - 16 January 1924 / Kayikkara, Chirayinkeezhu, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.)

Kumaran Asan
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N. Kumaran Asan also known as Mahakavi Kumaran Asan (the prefix Mahakavi awarded by Madras University in the year 1922 means "great poet" and the suffix Asan meaning scholar or teacher), was one of the triumvirate poets of Kerala, South India. He was also a philosopher, a social reformer and a disciple of Sree Narayana Guru.

Kumaran Asan initiated a revolution in Malayalam poetry in the first quarter of the 20th century, transforming it from the metaphysical to the lyrical. Deep moral and spiritual commitment is evident in Asan's poetry. His works are an eloquent testimony of poetic concentration and dramatic contextualization.

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  • Alex Kandathil(4/20/2019 10:44:00 PM)

    Asan is a timeless poet of unmatched creativity! I have translated some of his works into the English language. Two of them including Chindavishtayaya Sita and Veena Poovu are published works and are available through Amazon's networks, linked below for your convenience.

    https: //www.amazon.in/Books-Alex-Kandathil/s? rh=n%3A976389031%2Cp_27%3AAlex+Kandathil

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  • Unnikrishnan E S(11/25/2018 8:01:00 AM)

    This shlokam (stanza) is from the famous poem “Veena poovu”
    “ഹാ, പുഷ്പമേ, .....
    ..... കിടപ്പിതോർത്താൽ ”

    We may translate it as follows
    “Oh, Dear Flower! You had been shining bright as a queen in your high lofty abode. There is no doubt, Riches and high abode are so temporary, so unstable! Now when I see you fallen on the ground, I wonder, where have the riches, the adorable position gone? ”

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  • Waseem(11/22/2018 7:11:00 AM)

    Guru kulakalam

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  • Nabhan(8/11/2018 8:48:00 PM)

    Kumaranasan kavitha vanamalayile cheriyava enna kavitha

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  • Prabhakaran(8/10/2018 10:41:00 AM)

    Vanamalayile cheriyava enna kvitha

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  • Nobil(6/19/2018 8:19:00 AM)

    Super poems

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra Subhas Chandra Chakra(3/3/2018 12:38:00 AM)

    He is #355 poet on this site despite being without a single poem published here.
    He should have at least one poem translated into English.
    I request any Malayalam Poet on this site to do this favour in respect of the great poet.

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  • Jisha(11/14/2017 7:02:00 PM)

    “Maattuvil chattangale“

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  • Sivakumar Kp(9/19/2017 11:24:00 PM)

    @ Fabrizio Frosini: an English version of those Malayalam lines of Kumaranasan:

    Oh flower! What a brilliance you had
    Like a queen atop that plant
    On earth, things are ephemeral for sure;
    Proves your lost glory and pitiful rest in the soil

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini(11/17/2015 8:22:00 AM)

    a page.. but no poems..: (

    I've found a few verse (see below) .. but I can't understand them.. hope someone could translate them.. or maybe, add at least a poem by him (English text, hopefully)

    “ ഹാ, പുഷ്പമേ, അധികതുംഗപദത്തിലെത്ര
    ശോഭിച്ചിരുന്നിതൊരു രാജ്ഞികണക്കയേ! നീ
    ശ്രീഭൂവിലസ്ഥിര-അസംശയം-ഇന്നു നിന്റെ-
    യാഭൂതിയെങ്ങു പുനരിങ്ങു കിടപ്പിതോർത്താൽ ”

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