Uroob

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P. C. Kuttikrishnan
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Born Paruthulli Chalapram Kuttikrishna Menon
(1915-06-08)June 8, 1915
Ponnani
Died July 11, 1979(1979-07-11) (aged 64)
Medical college, Kottayam
Pen name Uroob
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, journalist
Language Malayalam
Nationality Indian
Subject Social aspects
Literary movement Realism
Notable works Sundarikalum Sundaranmarum, Ummachu
Notable awards Sahitya Akademi Award
Spouse Devakiamma

P. C. Kuttikrishnan, popularly known by his penname Uroob (Malayalam: ഉറൂബ്; 1915 – 1979) was a famous Malayalam writer from Kerala state, South India. He along with writers like Basheer, Thakazhi, Kesavadev, and Pottekkatt formed the progressive writers in Malayalam during the twentieth century. Uroob is a recipient of Kendra Sahithya Academy Award (Malayalam) for his novel Sundarikalum Sundaranmarum.[1]

Career[edit]

Uroob (or Oroob) is the penname of P. C. Kuttikrishnan.[2] The word "Uroob" means "eternal youth" in Persian language and "dawn" in Arabic. Uroob was a prominent member of the literary circle that had formed in the 1930s in Ponnani. Others in the group are the eminent critic Kuttikrishna Marar, young poets Edasseri Govindan Nair, Akkitham, Kadavanad Kuttikrishnan, and Moothedath Narayanan Vaidyar. Uroob had spent the best years of his creative life in Kozhikode where he was working in All India Radio. He, later went to Thiruvanathapuram as editor of Kunkumam magazine and from there to Kottayam to work as editor of Bhashaposhini published by Malayala Manorama group. He has also worked as the editor of Mangalodhayam magazine and Malayala Manorama weekly. He has also held the post of the president of Sahitya Akademi.

One of the most progressive novels in Malayalam, Sundarikalum Sundaranmarum (The Beautiful and the Handsome) was authored by Uroob.[3] His other notable works include Ummachu (translated as The Beloved) and Aniyara.

Uroob Memorial Literary Museum at the Kiliyanad School in Kozhikode is named in his honor.[4][5]

Major works[edit]

Novels
  • Aamina (1948)
  • Kunjammayum Koottukarum (1952)
  • Ummachu (1954)
  • Mindappennu (1956)
  • Sundarikalum Sundaranmarum (1958)
  • Chuzhiku Pimbe Chuzhi (1967)
  • Aniyara (1968)
  • Ammini (1972)
  • The Beloved (1974; Hind Pocket Books, English trans. of Ummachu by Raghava R. Menon).[6][7]
Short stories
  • Gopalan Nayarude Thaddi
  • Velutha Kutti
  • Manjinmarayile Sooryan
  • Rachiyamma
  • Neer Chalukal
  • Navonmesham
  • Kathir-Katta
  • Thurannita Jalakam
  • Neela Mala
  • Kumbedukunna Mannu
  • Ullavarum Ellathaverum
  • Thamara Thopi
  • Lathiyum Pookalum
  • Mukham Mudikal
  • Vasandhayude Amma
  • Moulavium Changathimarum
  • Nilavinde Rahasyam
  • 3334-enta Charithum
  • Reserve Chayyatha Berth
Poems
  • Pirannal
Plays (theatre)
  • Mannum Pennum
  • Theekondu Kalikaruth
  • Miss Chinnuvum Lady Januvum
Essay compilations
  • Kavi Samelanam
  • Uroobinde Shaniazhichakal
  • Uroobinde Lekhanangal
Children's stories
  • Anka Veeran
  • Apuvinde Lokam
  • Mallanum Maranavum
Screenplays
Short film
  • Rachiyamma

Awards[edit]

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