V. Madhusoodhanan Nair
Biography of V. Madhusoodhanan Nair
V. Madhusoodhanan Nair is a well known Malayalam poet, scholar, and teacher, well accepted nationally and by Keralites everywhere in the world, who popularized poetry and endeared it even to the illiterates and children.
While the most popular poem from him is the Naranath Bhranthan, he has many more touching and strong poems to his credit. A professor by profession, he has held many eminent positions by virtue of his knowledge and position in society.
Prof. V. Madhusoodanan Nair was born on 25th February1949 at Aruviyodu a hilly hamlet by the river Neyyar, down south in Neyyattinkara in the district of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Madhusoodhanan Nair imbibed quite early the tradition of many a ritualistic song from K.Velayudhan Pillai, his father, who was a reciter of Thottam Pattu. Soon after securing his M.A he has had a brief stint at journalism before joining St. Xavier’s College, Thiruvananthapuram.
He took to writing poetry while at school and began publishing his pieces only in 80’s. His first collection “Naranathu Bhranthan’ was published in 1992. He is the recipient of Kerala Sahithya Akademy Award, Kunju Pillai Award and K. Balakrishnan Award.
He is well versed in Malayalam, English, Hindi, Sanskrit and Tamil. He has written and rendered lyrics for three Malayalam films and wrote lyrics for Tharangini and Manorama Music.
He is now fully devoting his time to his literary works having retired from the College as the Professor and Head of the Department of Malayalam.
He is married and having three children. He is now residing in Thiruvananthapuram
Education & Research
He completed his M.A. scoring high marks from University College. He passed the translation training course from the State Institute of Languages and did two refresher courses from Academic Staff College, Thiruvananthapuram.
As a part of research he completed a thesis in the subject ‘ The influence of Vedic Metaphors and mythical images in the poetry of Vallathol’
Membership in Cultural Bodies
· Member, Advisory Board, central Sahitya Academy, New Delhi
· Member, Kerala Sahitya Academy General Council (2 terms)
· Member, State Curriculum Committee, Government of Kerala
· Managing committee member, Asan Memorial, Thonnakal
· Member (for 3 years), Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation Planning
· Member, Executive Committee, C.V. National Foundation
· Life Member Drishyavedi, Thiruvananthapuram
· Sahitya Academy award for poetry in the year 1992
· Asan Award for Poetry – 2003
· Kunju Pillai Award for poetry in the year 1986
· K.Balakrishnan Award for poetry in the year 1990
· R.G. Mangalom Award –2003
· Souparnikatheeram Prathibhapuraskaram – 2003
V. Madhusoodhanan Nair's Works:
Naranathu Bhranthan (Poetry) D.C. Books [The best seller in India. 22 editions in 8 years]
Gandharvam (Poetry) D.C. Books
Eliotum Richardsum (Criticism) State Institute of Languages
Asia Kanmunpil (Sociological) State Institute of Languages
Science Nikhantu (Lexical) State Institute of Languages
Nadodi Vignanam (Folk lore of Kerala) (Kerala Vignanakosam)
Budhivikasam (Special education) Kanmani Publishers
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1. Lo, my son,
This is India's map.
These drained lines flowing out
Like frantic cries of impotence
Are rivers sans progeny
Behold, my son,The shaven headed saffron mounds,
The routes of civilization
That has forgotten its footsteps,
The amorous urban ‘Yakshis'