K. Satchidanandan

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Koyamparambath Sachidanandan
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Born (1946-05-28) 28 May 1946 (age 68)
Pulloot, Kodungallur, Thrissur district, British India
Nationality Indian
Genre Poetry, criticism, translation studies, drama

K. Sachidanandan (Malayalam: കെ സച്ചിദാനന്ദൻ) is a Indian poet and critic writing in Malayalam and English. He is the former Editor of Indian Literature journal and the former Secretary of Sahitya Akademi.[1][2] As a public intellectual Satchidanandan is known for his articulate talks on Modernism in various Indian languages and for his secular, anti-caste and anti-Hindutva views. Though a revolutionary poet and Marxist in his youth he is generally seen as part of the old literary and cultural establishment consisting of bureaucrat-poets and academicians like Ashok Vajpeyi, Sitakanta Mahapatra, J.P.Das, Keki Daruwalla and Gopi Chand Narang. Member of the advisory bodies of many elite literary institutions his conspicuous silence on controversies surrounding institutions like Sahitya Akademi has raised a lot of eyebrows.

Life and career[edit]

Koyamparambath Satchidanandan was born in 1946 in Pulloot, a village in Kodungallur in the Thrissur District of Kerala. After his early education in the village school, he studied biology at Christ College, Irinjalakuda and had his Masters in English from Maharaja's College, Ernakulam. He obtained his PhD in Post-structuralism poetics from the University of Calicut. He joined as a lecturer in English at K.K.T.M. College, Pulloot in 1968, and moved to Christ College in 1970 where he became a Professor of English. He voluntarily retired from this post in 1992 to take up the editorship of Indian Literature, the English journal of the Indian National Academy in Delhi. In 1996 he was nominated Secretary, the chief executive, of the Academy, a post from which he retired in 2006. Later he served as a Consultant to the Indian Government's Department of Higher Education and to the National Translation Mission. He currently edits Beyond Borders, a journal of South Asian literature and ideas. Satchidanandan is married, with two daughters.[3][4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Akademi awards
  1. 1984: Kerala Sahitya Akademi C.B. Kumar Award for Essays
  2. 1989: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry - Ivanekkoodi
  3. 1999: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Drama - Gandhi
  4. 2001: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Travelogue - Pala Lokam Pala Kaalam
  5. 2009: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation - Padinjaran Kavithakal
  6. 2010: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Fellow
  7. 2012: Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award - Marannu Vecha Vasthukkal
  8. 2014: SBT Suvarna Mudra Award[5]

Works[edit]

Own works in Malayalam[edit]

Poetry

1. Anchu Sooryan (Five Suns, 1971)
2. Aathmagita (The Song of the Self, 1974)
3. Kavita (Poetry, 1977, 82, 84)
4. Indian Sketchukal (Indian Sketches, 1978)
5. Ezhuthachan Ezhutumbol (When the Poet Writes, 1979, 85, 87, 89)
6. Peedana Kalam (Times of Torment, 1981, 89)
7. Venal Mazha (The Summer Rain, 1982)
8. Randu Derrgha Kavyangal (Two Long Poems, 1983)
9. Satchidanandante Kavithakal 1962–82 (Poems 1962–82, 1983,87)
10. Socrateesum Kozhiyum (Socrates and the Cock, 1984)
11. Ivanekkoodi (Him, too, 1987, 89, 90, 95, 97)
12. Veedumattam (Changing House, 1988)
13. Kayattam (The Ascent, 1990)
14. Kavibuddhan (The Poet as Buddha, 1992)
15. Eenta Satchidanandan Kavitakal, Ed. Balachandran Chullikkad (Selected poems 1993)
16. Desatanam (Going Places, 1994, 1995)
17. Malayalam (1996, 1998, 2003))
18. Apoornam (Imperfect, 1998)
19. Theranjedutha Kavitakal (Selected Poems, 1999)
20. Sambhashanathinu Oru Sramam (An Attempt to Converse, 2000)
21. Vikku, (Stammer, 2002)
22. Sakshyangal (Witness, 2004)
23. Ghazalukal, Geetangal (Ghazals and Geets, 2005)
24. Satchidanandte Kavithakal (Poems 1965–2005, 2006)
25. Anantam (Infinite, 2006)
26. Onnaam Padham (The First Lesson, 2006)
27. Ente Kavita (My Poems, 2008) 28. Marannunacha Vasthukkal (2009) 29. Bahuroopi (2011)

Plays

29. Saktan Thampuran (One-act Plays, 1983)
30. Gandhi (Full-length Play, 1995)

Prose

31. Kurukshetram (Studies in Modern Poetry, 1970)
32. Janatayum Kavitayum ((Poetry and the People, 1982, 84)
33. Marxian Soundarya Sastram (Marxian Aesthetics, 1983, 90)
34. Thiranjedutha Lekhanangal (Selected Essays, 1985)
35. Pablo Neruda (A Lecture on Pablo Neruda, 1985, 1990, Revised, 2007))
36. Samvadangal (Dialogues: on society, culture, politics, religion education, ecology and literature, 1986)
37. Sameepananangal (Approaches, 1986)
38. Samskarathinte Rashtreeyam (The Politics of Culture, 1989)
39. Sambhashanangal (Conversations: a collection of Interviews given, 1989)
40. Brechtinte Kala (The Art of Bertolt Brecht, 1989, Revised, 2007)
41. Padavukal (Steps: Early articles, 1990)
42. Kazhchakal, Kazhachappadukal (Sights and Visions: Travelogues, 1991)
43. Anveshanangal (Enquiries, 1991)
44. Veenduvicharangal (Rethinkings, 1992)
45. Soundaryavum Adhikaravum (Beauty and Power : on Aesthetics and Politics, 1993)
46. Muhurtangal (Moments, selected Essays on Malayalam Literature, 1996)
47. Pala Lokam, Pala Kalam (Many Times, Many Worlds, Travel Writings, 1998)
48. Kalayum Nishedhavum (Art and Dissent, 1999)
49. Bharateeya Kavitayile Pratirodha Paramparyam (The Tradition of Dissent of Indian Poetry, 2002)
50. Moonnu Yatra (Three Travels, Travelogues, 2004)
51. Kizhakkum Padinjarum (East and West, Travelogues, 2005)
52. Adithattukal (Foundations, Essays, 2006)
53. Mukhamukham (Interviews, 2006) 54. Darshanathinte Ritubhedangal ( Articles, 2010) 55. Malayalakavitha Patanangal (Studies, 2009, 2011)

Translations in Other Languages[edit]

1. Andha Admi Jisne Soorya Khoja (Selected Poems, Hindi, Delhi, 1987)
2. Selected Poems (Gujarati, Ahmedabad1989)
3. Irachasakshigal (Selected Poems, Tamil, Coimbatore, 1990)
4. Summer Rain: Three Decades of Poetry (English, Delhi, 1995)
5. Voh Jise Sab Yad Tha (Selected Poems, Hindi, Delhi, 1996)
6. Nanna Mai Nagara (Selected Poems, Kannada, Bangalore, 1996)
7. How To Go To The Tao Temple (New Poems, English, Delhi, 1998)
8. Sachidanandan Kavitaikal (Selected Poems, Tamil, Madras, 1998)
9. Sareeram Oru Nagaram (Selected Poems, Tamil, Madras, 1999)
10. Apoorna Aura Anya Karitayem (Poems, Hindi, Delhi, 2000)
11. Imperfect and Other New Poems (Poems, English, Calicut, 2000)
12. Sagar Teerer Kavita (Poems, Assamese, Guwahati, 2001)
13. Sachidanandaner Kavita (Poems, Bengali, Calcutta, 2001)
14. So Many Births (Poems, English, Delhi, 2001)
15. Kavitai Meendum Varum (Poems, Tamil, Madras, 2002)
16. Peele Pathe Da Supna (Poems, Punjabi, Delhi, 2002)
17. Ghar O Anyanya Kabita (Poems, Oriya, Cuttack, 2002)
18. Tant De Vies: L’Incomplet et autres poemes (Poems, French, Paris, 2002)
19. Haklahat (Poems, Hindi, Delhi, 2004)
20. Ham Jazeeraun Mein Rahte Hein (Poems, Urdu, Hyderabad, 2004)
21. Sareeram Oka Nagaram (Poems, Telugu, Hyderabad, 2004)
22. I Riti Della Terra (Poems, Italian, Rome, 2004)
23. Suruatem (Poems, Hindi, 2005)
24. Stammer and Other Poems (Poems, English, 2005)
25. Ich Glaube Nicht An Grenzen (Poems, German, 2006)
26. Luknat (Poems, Urdu, 2008) 27. How Did Mayakovsky Commit Suicide (Poems, Arabic, 2009) 28. Rogha Danta ( Selected Poems, Irish, 2012)

Prose in other languages[edit]

27. Marxiya Azagiyar (Marxian Aesthetics, Tamil, 1986)
28. Bharatiya Sahitya: Sthapanayem Aur Prasthavanayem (Indian Literature : Positions and Propositions, 2003)

Original works in English[edit]

1. Indian Literature: Positions and Propositions (Essays in Indian Literature, Delhi, 1999)
2. Authors, Texts, Issues (Essays in Indian Literature, Delhi 2002)
3. Indian Literature Paradigms and Perspectives (Essays in Indian Literature, Delhi, 2008) 4. Readings, Indian Literature and Beyond (Essays in Indian Literature, Delhi, 2009)

Select bibliography[edit]

Malayalam[edit]

1. Satchidanandante Lokangal : (The Worlds of Satchidanandan) : Essays on the poets’ works.
2. Navasargam : Dr. M. Leelavathy (A Chapter on the Poet)
3. Haritha Niropanam Malayalathil : Ed. G. Madhusudanan (An eco-aesthetic study on the poem, Ezhimala)
4. Bible Adhunika Kavithayil, Fr. Joseph Cheeran (A l00-page Chapter on Bible and Satchidanandan’s Poetry)
5. Sambhashanangal : Conversations with Satchidanandan
6. Mukhamukham : Collection of Interviews with Satchidanandan

English[edit]

1. MALAYALAm SURVEY : Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Trichur (Article ‘Under the Bodhi Tree : A Study of the Images of Thathagatha in Satchidanandan’s poems’ by Dr. A.R. Vijayaraghavan.
2. MAKING IT NEW : IIAS, Shimla 1995 : E.V. Ramakrishnan (Chapter ‘Living on the Faultline : The Poetry of Satchidanandan; also Interview)
3. INDIAN REVIEW OF BOOKS , Chennai, 8 Dec–Jan.1998–99. Review Article, ‘Sensitive Reflections’ by Pramod Menon
4. THE BOOK REVIEW, Delhi, April 2001, Review Article, ‘The Dialectic of Poetry’ by E.V. Ramakrishnan
5. WORLD LITERATURE TODAY, Minnesota, Spring 2002, Review Article, ‘So Many Births’ by John Oliver Perry
6. DECCAN HERALD, Bangalore, 4 Oct 2003, Article ‘Reminiscences of a Poet’ by Lakshmee Rajeev
7. GBD’S OF ASSAM LETTERS, Guwahati, 2004, Article ‘Reflection’s on Life’ by Jaykanta Sharma
8. HOW TO GO TO THE TAO TEMPLE, Delhi, 1998, ‘Modernism and Beyond’, Interview by Makarand Paranjape
9. THE GULF TODAY, Dubai, 24 May 2001, ‘Packaging Exotic Life’, Article by Rajeev Poduval 10. THE CREATIVE MIND, Delhi, July–Sept. 2004, ‘Master Magician in Literature’, Interview and article by Sujata Chowdhuri

German[edit]

1. LITERATUR NACHRICHTEN, Frankfurt, February 2006 ‘Auch nach Tagore line Mange intelligentes Schariben’, Interview
2. ICH GLAUBE NICHT AN GRENZEN,Frankfurt, 2006, Introduction, Interview

French[edit]

1. Visions et révisions (Introduction); Genèse; L'homme qui se souvenait de tout; in Digraphe no. 80/81, 1997
2. Les survivants; in Europe vol. 80, no. 883-884, 2002
3. Tant de vies: L’incomplet et autres poèmes, Editions Caractères, Paris, 2002, introd. et trad. Martine Chemana
4. Ragmala - Anthologie, Anne Cestaing (ed.) L'Asiathèque - Langues & Mondes, Paris, 2005: Introd. article and Extract

Italian[edit]

1. INDIA, Rome, 2002, 2 Article, ‘Poesia di Satchidanandan’ by Antonio Menniti Ippolito
2. I RITI DELLA TERRA, Castelvecchi, Rome, Feb. 2005, Introduction ‘Tradurre Versi’ by Giulia Gatti

Online References[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "K. Satchidanandan". Poetryinternationalweb. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  2. ^ "K. Satchidanandan". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  3. ^ "K. Satchidanandan". Poetryinternationalweb. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  4. ^ "K. Satchidanandan". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  5. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/sbt-awards-announced/article6205498.ece