Centenary fete of writer Thakazhi to begin this week

Centenary fete of writer Thakazhi to begin this week

Seminars and commemoration functions, beginning from January 31, will mark the birth centenary celebrations of noted Malayalam writer and Jnanpith laureate Thakazhi Sivsankara Pillai.

The celebrations will start at the school where the writer studied in his native Thakazhi village at Kuttanad in Alappuzha district.

A logo for centenary celebrations will be released by state Culture Minister K C Joseph in Thiruvananthapuram on January 2, the organisers said. They said the Centre had been urged to bring out a special postal stamp to mark the birth centenary of the writer.

Apart from literary conferences, cine actors Madhu and Sheela, who immortalised the central characters in the national award winning cinema 'Chemmeen', based on Thakazhi's master piece by the same title, will be honoured.

Thakazhi (1912-1999) has left a rich body of literary works including novels, hundreds of short stories and memoirs and articles. A pioneer of realism in Malayalam literature, Thakazhi's early works focussed the trials and tribulations of the village poor living in an exploitative agrarian social order.

He was considered a Left-leaning writer and trail blazer of the Communist-inspired Progressive Literary Movement.

But many of his later works like 'Chemmeen' and 'Enippadikal' deviated from the early trend and stand out for their exploration of subtle nuances of human relations and dilemmas of characters caught in the vortex of unpredictable course of life.

His voluminous novel 'Kayar' narrates in detail the social and economic transformation of the water-logged Kuttanad area of the Central Travancore region, known as Kerala's 'rice bowl'.

Thakazhi was honoured with the country's highest literary award Jnanpith in 1984 for his outstanding contributions to modern Indian literature.

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