M. K. Sanu

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M.K. Sanu
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Born (1928-10-27) 27 October 1928 (age 85)
Thumboli, Alappuzha, Kerala
Occupation Writer,critic, poet
Language Malayalam
Ethnicity Malayali
Citizenship Indian
Genre Poetry, essay, biography

M. K. Sanu is a protean personality who has enriched Malayalam literature through his versatile writings. He is a retired professor, critic, biographer, editor, translator, journalist, orator, social activist and humanist. He has authored over thirty six books, translated four and edited ten. His greatness is not confined to the prolificacy of his literary output. He has inspired and motivated a few generations of youth, cultivated new sensibilities in them and made them think of the mysteries of life. He is a permanent member of International body for Human rights. He is also the founding member of Mithram, School for Mentally Handicapped, in Mulanthuruthy village, Ernakulam District, Kerala.

Chronology[edit]

  • 1928 – Born at Thumpoli in Alappuzha, Kerala
  • 1939 – Death of Father
  • 1953 – Married to Retnamma
  • 1955 – Joined Sree Narayana College, Kollam as Lecturer
  • 1956 – Joined Maharaja's College, Ernakulam as Lecturer
  • 1958 – Published first book of Translation, "Anchu Sastra Nayakanmar"
  • 1960 – Published first book of Criticism, "Kaattum Velichavum"
  • 1962 – Published first book of Biography, "Asthamikkatha Velicham"
  • 1981 – Death of Mother
  • 1981 – SPCS Award for the best Biography for the book "Sahodaran. K. Ayyappan"
  • 1983 – Retired from College Service
  • 1984 – Elected President of Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham
  • 1985 – Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for the best Critical work for "Avadhaaranam"
  • 1985 – Appointed as Director, Sree Narayana Study Centre, University of Kerala
  • 1987 – Elected as MLA from Ernakulam Assembly Constituency
  • 1988 – Abudabi Sakti Award for "Changampuzha Krishnapilla: Nakshatrangalude Snehabhajanam"
  • 1989 – Kusumam Award for the Art of Editing for the work "Kusumathinte Kritikal"
  • 1991 – Ezhukon Sivasankaran Award for "Changampuzha Krishnapilla: Nakshatrangalude Snehabhajanam"
  • 1991 – Joined as Chief Editor, Kumkumam Weekly, Kollam
  • 1992 – Vayalar Award for "Changampuzha Krishnapilla: Nakshatrangalude Snehabhajanam"
  • 1992 – Sree Narayana Samskarika Award instituted by Sree Narayana Samskarika Samithi
  • 1993 – Sree Narayana Jayanthi Award for the Biography "Narayana Guru Swami"
  • 1994 – K.T Achuthan Award for the Best Cultural Activist
  • 1997 – Asan Award for the Biography "Mruthyunjayam Kavyajeevitham"
  • 1997 – Appointed to Sree Narayana Chair, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam
  • 2002 – Sahodaran Award for the Biography "Sahodaran. K. Ayyappan"
  • 2003 – Vyloppilly Award for the Biography "M.Govindan"
  • 2005 – Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for total contribution to Malayalam Literature
  • 2005 – Elected President, Vayalar Ramavarma Trust
  • 2006 – K.C.B.C. Award for contribution to Malayalam Literary Criticism for the work "Asaanthiyilninnu Sannthiyilekku"
  • 2007 – Kerala Sahitya Akademi's Eminent Membership
  • 2009 – V.K. Rajan Award for the best Social Activist
  • 2009 – Sree Narayana Award for Propagation of Sree Narayana ideals
  • 2011 – Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for the biography "Basheer: Ekantha Veedhiyile Avadhoothan"[1]
  • 2012 – Pavanan foundation India's Award for 2011 for his Autobiography "Karmagathi"
  • 2013 – Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the highest literary honour given by the Kerala government[2]

Works[edit]

Autobiography[edit]

  • Karmagathi – 2010

Children's literature[edit]

Work Year Publisher Place
Sree Narayana Gurudevan 1983 Vivekodayam Printing & Publishing Co. Iringalakuda
Sree Narayana Guru 1999 SPCS Kottayam
Jeevithasanuvil 2007 Balasahitya Prakasham Edappally

Criticism[edit]

Work Year Publisher Place
Kaattum Velichavum 1960 NBS Kottayam
Chakravaalam 1962 Sahitya Nilayam Publishing House Kochi
Manninu Manninte Gunam 1964 Vidyartimitram Kottayam
Prabhathadarsanam 1970 Poorna Publications Kozhikode
Chumarile Chitrangal 1971 P.K Brothers Kozhikode
Rajaveedhi 1971 NBS Kottayam
Avadhaaranam 1984 DC Books Kottayam
Anubhoothiyude Nirangal 1986 SPCS Kottayam
Athirvarampukalillathe 2000 SPCS Kottayam
Unnathathmakkalude Jeevaraktham 2002 Mathrubhoomi Publishing Co. Kozhikode
Asaanthiyilninnu Saanthiyilekku 2003 Current Books Kottayam
Ente Vazhiyampalangal 2004 Green Books Thrissur
Ezhuthinte Naanarthangal 2005 Green Books Thrissur
Vimarsanathile Raajasilpi 2005 Maarar Saahitya Prakaasham Kozhikode
Thuranna Jaalakam 2006 Kavya Books Mavelikkara
Kaavyathathwa Praveshika 2008 DC Books Kottayam

Interpretations[edit]

Work Year Publisher Place
Aadhyatma Ramayanam 2004 Mathrubhoomi Publishing Co. Kozhikode
Sree Maha Bhagavatham 2008 Green Books Thrissur

Travelogues[edit]

Work Year Publisher Place
Anubhavangal Prathyaasakal 1985 Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham Trivandrum

Biographies[edit]

Work Year Publisher Place
Asthamikkatha Velicham 1962 Poorna Publications Kozhikode
Narayanaguru Swami 1976 Vivekodayam Printing & Publishing Co. Iringalakuda
Sahodaran. K. Ayyappan 1980 DC Books Kottayam
Changampuzha Krishnapilla: Nakshatrangalude Snehabhajanam 1988 SPCS Kottayam
Sahodaran Ayyappan: Oru Kalaghattathinte Silpi 1989 Sree Narayanaguru Samskara Samiti Kollam
Mruthyunjayam Kavyajeevitham 1996 S.N Chandrika Educational Trust Iringalakuda
Parvathy Amma: Asaranarude Amma 2000 Sree Narayana Sevika Samajam Aluva
M Govindan 2002 DC Books Kottayam
Yukthivaadi M.C Joseph 2002 Dept. of Cultural Publications, Govt. of Kerala Trivandrum
Basheer: Ekantha Veedhiyile Avadhoothan 2007 DC Books Kottayam
K.C Mamman Mappila 2008 Kerala Sahitya Akademi Thrissur

Memoirs[edit]

Work Year Publisher Place
Thaazhvarayile Sandhya: Parts I & II 1992 DC Books Kottayam
Ivar Lokathe Snehichavar 1999 Prabhath Book House Trivandrum

Collected essays[edit]

Work Year Publisher Place
Sree Narayana Sandhesam 2000 Lalu Books Kottayam
Ethra Sokamayam Jeevitham 2004 Haritham Books Kozhikode

Translations[edit]

Work Year Publisher Place
Anchu Sastra Nayakanmar (Five Major Scientists) 1958 Southern Languages Book Trust Madras
Viswasathilek Veendum (Recovery of Faith) 1959 Southern Languages Book Trust Madras
American Sahityam 2000 SPCS Kottayam
Guide 1989 Sahitya Akademi New Delhi

Edited works[edit]

Work Year Publisher Place
Sahodara Saptati 1960 Sahodaran Ayyappan Saptati Celebration Committee Ernakulam
Kumaranasante Kavyaprapancham 1974 Navodhana Samiti Ernakulam
Sahodarante Padyakritikal 1981 DC Books Kottayam
Sree Narayana Sameeksha 1987 Sree Narayana Study Centre, University of Kerala Trivandrum
Kusumathinte Kritikal 1989 DC Books Kottayam
Basheer: Varthamanthinte Bhavi 1994 Asayam Books Kozhikode
Kudumba Vijnana Kosham 1999 Maanas Foundation Kozhikode
Kochi 2000 2000 Cochin Corporation Ernakulam
T.K Ramakrishnan 2001 CPI (M) Dist. Committee Ernakulam
Changampuzha: Selected Poems 2008 Green Books Thrissur
Selected Essays 2008 Kerala Sahitya Akademi Thrissur

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