|Born||Cherukat Govinda Pisharodi
August 26, 1914
Chemmalasseri, Perinthalmanna, Madras State, British India
|Died||October 28, 1976(aged 62)|
|Occupation||Writer, political activist, teacher|
|Genre||Play, novel, short story, poetry, essay, Autobiography|
|Literary movement||Progressive literature|
|Notable works||Jeevithappatha, Muthassi, Manninte Maaril|
|Notable awards||Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award|
Cherukad Govinda Pisharodi (August 26, 1914 - October 28, 1976), commonly known as Cherukad, was a Malayalam-language playwright, novelist, poet and political activist, associated with the Communist movement in Kerala state, India.
Cherukad was born in Chemmalasseri in Perinthalmanna taluk to Kizheettil Pisharath Karunakara Pisharody and Cherukad Pisharath Narayani Pisharasiar. He got elementary training in Sanskrit from Guru Gopalanezhuthssan. After completing high school education, he joined as a teacher in Chemmala Aided Mappila School. He passed Vidvan Examination from Madras and worked in many schools as teacher before joining Pattambi Sanskrit College as Lecturer.
Cherukad's politically charged writing was influential in defining the Malayalam literature of the fifties and sixties. His political life was connected with the lives of the leading politicians and patriots of Kerala. Cherukad was one of the founder members of the Deshabhimani Study Circle, a progressive literary movement in Kerala and the predecessor of the Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham. Some of his important works are Jeevithappatha, Tharavaditham, Manushyabandhangal, Namal Onnu, Manushya Hridayangal, Janmabhumi, Devalokam, Manninte Maril (On the Bosom of the Soil), Muthassi and Sanidasa. His autobiography Jeevithappatha (1974) received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1975 and Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977.
In 1936 Cherukad married Kizheettil Pisharath Lakshmi Pisharasiar. Their son K. P. Mohanan is a noted writer. Cherukad died on 28 October 1976. The Cherukad Award is an annually given literary award instituted in his memory.
- Manninte Maaril
- Kutti Thampuran
- Visuddha Nuna
- Chittu Vilakku
- Kutti Thampuratti
- Doctor Kachan
- Odukkathe Onam
- Chekkuthante Koodu
- Theruvinte Kutti
- Mudra Motiram
- Chuttan Moori
- Oru Divasam
- Cherukadinte Kathakal
- Manushyane Maanikkuka
- "ചെറുകാട് ഗോവിന്ദപ്പിഷാരഡി" [Cherukad Govinda Pisharodi] (in Malayalam). Kerala Sahitya Akademi.
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