N. V. Krishna Warrier

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N. V. Krishna Warrier
Born (1911-05-13)13 May 1911
Njeruvisseri, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Died 12 October 1989(1989-10-12) (aged 78)
Occupation Poet, scholar, critic, essayist
Parents Achutha Warrier
Madhavi Warasyar
Awards Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award
Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award

N. V. Krishna Warrier (1911-1989) was an Indian poet,[1] newspaper editor, scholar, academician and political thinker. He was a prolific writer and his works covered the genres of poetry, drama, travelogue, translation, children's literature and science.[2]

Biography[edit]

Nerukkavu Variam Krishna Warrier was born on 13 May 1911 at Njeruvisseri, near Arattupuzha in Thrissur district, Kerala to Achutha Warrier and Madhavi Warasyar. He had two brothers, Shankaran Warrier and Achutha warrier and a sister, Ikkalikutti Warasyar. He was married to Lakshmikutty Warasyar and the couple had 3 daughters, Dr. Usha, Dr. Parvathy and Dr. Vani.[3]

Krishna Warrier had an extensive education during which he obtained the degree MLitt and learnt 18 languages.[2] He was also honoured by Calicut University by awarding him the degree of DLitt.

Warrier's death came on 12 October 1989 at Kozhikode at the age of 73.[4]

M. R. Thampan, the Director of State Institute of Languages, Kerala has written a biography of N. V. Krishna Warrier.[5]

Career and legacy[edit]

Warrier started his career as a teacher Sanskrit School in Kaladi and later moved to Sanskrit College, Tripunithura. During the Quit India Movement, he resigned from the job and published a daily called Swathanthra Bharatham (Free India). In 1952, he joined Mathrubhumi as the editor and stayed there till 1968 when he co-founded Kerala Bhasha Institute and became its first director (1968-1972). He also worked as the editor of Kumkumam group of publications and the Hindi magazine, Yuga Prabhath.

Krishna Warrier was the first editor of Akhila Vijnana Kosam, an encyclopedia in Malayalam. When Travancore Kochi Working Journalist Association and Malabar Working Journalist Association merged to form Kerala Union of Working Journalists, Krishna Warrier was elected as its first president. He also served as the president of Sahitya Pravathaka Sahakarana Sangham (SPCS), Kerala Sahitya Parishad and Kerala Sahitya Sammithi. He was a member of Kerala Sahitya Akademi, National Book Development Council and Official Bhasha Committee.

Krishna Warrier is credited with efforts on modernisation of Malayalam language.[6] Two awards have been instituted in his name, N V Krishna Warrier Literary Award by N V Krishna Warrier Memorial Trust[7] and N.V. Sahitya Vedi Award by the organization of the same name.[8]

Positions held[edit]

  • Teacher - Sanskrit School, Kaladi
  • Teacher - Sanskrit College, Tripunithura
  • Publisher - Swathanthra Bharatham
  • Chief Editor - Mathrubhumi
  • Director - Kerala Bhasha Institute
  • Editor - Kumkumam
  • Editor - Yuga Prabhath.
  • Editor - Akhila Vijnana Kosam
  • President - Kerala Union of Working Journalists
  • President - Sahitya Pravathaka Sahakarana Sangham (SPCS)
  • President - Kerala Sahitya Parishad
  • President - Kerala Sahitya Sammithi
  • Member - Kerala Sahitya Akademi
  • Member - National Book Development Council
  • Member - Official Bhasha Committee.

Works[edit]

  • Enveeyude Kavithakal (Complete Works - Poems)
  • Velluvilikal, Prathikarangal
  • Prashnangal Padanangal
  • Samasyakal Samadhanangal
  • Anweshanangal Kandethalukal
  • Manangal Nigamanangal
  • Vichinthanagal Vishadeekaranangal
  • Veekshanangal Vimarshanangal
  • Olangal Azhangal
  • NVyude Gaveshana Prabhandhangal
  • NVyude Sahitya Vimarshanam
  • Vallatholinte Kavyashilpam
  • Kalolsavam
  • Aadharanjalikal
  • Pariprekshyam
  • Bhoomiyude Rasathanthram
  • Melpathurinte Vyakarana Prathibha
  • Vyakthichithrangal
  • Samaakalanam
  • Samskruthathinu Kerala Paniniyude Sambhavanakal
  • Smrithichithrangal
  • Hridayathinte Vathayanangal
  • A History of Malayalam
  • Akam Kavithakal (Poems)
  • Aksharam Padikkuvin
  • Kavya Kauthukam
  • Kalidasante Simhasanam
  • Neenda Kavithakal (Poems)
  • Kurekkoode Neenda Kavithakal (Poems)
  • Kochu Thomman
  • Puzhakal
  • Rakthasakshi
  • Vidyapathi
  • Mohan Das Gandhiyum Nathuram Godseyum (Poems)
  • Chattavar
  • Chitrangatha (Attakatha)
  • Budhacharitham (Attakatha)
  • Amerikkayiloode (Travalogue)
  • Unarunna Uthara India (Travalogue)
  • Puthiya Chintha Soviet Unionil (Travalogue)
  • NVyude Nadakangal (Plays)
  • Vasco Da Gamayum Mattu Moonnu Nadakangalum (Plays)
  • Veera Ravi Varma Chakravarthi (Play)
  • Asthi (Play)
  • Jalavidya
  • Lekhana Kala
  • Ezhu German Kathakal (Translation)
  • Gandhiyude Vidyarthi Jeevitham (Translation)
  • Devadasan (Translation)
  • Manthra Vidya (Translation)
  • Sumathi (Translation)

Awards[edit]

Sahitya Akademi Award
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Awarded by Sahitya Akademi, Government of India

N. V. Krishna Warrier won the 1979 Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for his book Vallatholinte Kavyasilpam (literary criticism).[9] His poetry collection Gandhiyum Godseyum won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for the year 1970.[10]

The N.V. Krishna Warrier Award is given to the best scholastic book of the year.

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