C. V. Balakrishnan

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C. V. Balakrishnan
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Born 24 September 1952
Payyannur, Kerala, India
Occupation Writer, teacher, freelance journalist
Language Malayalam
Nationality Indian
Genre Novel, novella, short story, essay, screenplay
Notable works Ayussinte Pusthakam
Disa
Kamamohitham
Atmavinu Sariyennu Thonnunna Karyangal
Notable awards Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award
Kerala State Film Award

C. V. Balakrishnan (Malayalam: സി. വി. ബാലകൃഷ്ണൻ; born 24 September 1952) is a Malayalam-language novelist, short story writer, essayist and screenplay writer from the south Indian state of Kerala. His novels and short stories encompass the emotional issues related to mass culture, sexual politics, fate of the marginalised and institutionalised religions. An author of more than 40 literary works along with a few film scripts and film criticisms, his best known work is the novel Ayussinte Pusthakam (Book of Life). He received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2000 for the novel Atmavinu Seriyennu Thonnunna Karyangal[1] and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Book on Cinema in 2002 for Cinemayude Idangal. In 2014, he won the Padmaprabha Literary Award[2]

Biography[edit]

Balakrishnan was born in Payyannur, Kannur district, Kerala. After completing his school education, he took training in teaching and worked in various schools before shifting to Calcutta in 1979 where he worked as a freelance journalist. It was in Calcutta he began writing Ayussinte Pusthakam.

Balakrishnan is married to Pathmavathi and has two children: Nandan and Nayana. He resides in Kalikkadavu, Kasaragod district, Kerala.

Ayussinte Pusthakam[edit]

Ayussinte Pusthakam is considered one of the major works in the post-modernist Malayalam literature. Balakrishnan began writing this novel when he moved to Calcutta in late-1970s. An old edition of the Bible at St. Paul's Cathedral in Calcutta triggered the book in him. It took him three years to complete the novel. Says the author: "All the characters and villages of Christian settlers were in my mind long before I began thinking about writing Ayussinte Pusthakam. The characters are based on people I met during my course as a school teacher in a village in Kasaragod. I wrote Ayussinte Pusthakam at a time when I was going through an emotionally difficult period; my relation with my father was strained and I was feeling very lonely. Ayussinte Pusthakam is about loneliness.” The book is also about sin and sadness, written in a style and language that have been judiciously borrowed from The Bible."[3] The novel was successfully adapted for the stage by suveeran in 2008. It won many Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Awards including one for the best play.

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Novels[edit]

  • Aathmavinu Sariyennu Thonnunna Karyangal
  • Avanavante Anandam Kandethanulla Vazhikal
  • Ayussinte Pusthakam
  • Disa
  • Kannadikkadal
  • Kamamohitham
  • Librarian
  • Varu Daivame Varu

Novellas[edit]

  • Aadhi
  • Aavanakkinte Oru Poovu Allenkil Erikkinte Oru Poovu
  • Aagola Grameenar
  • Ozhiyabadhakal
  • Drushti
  • Asthikalile Venal
  • Eenthappanayude Thottam
  • Ellinpadangal Poovidumbol
  • Globinte Ee Vasath
  • Irattakkuttikalude Achan
  • Parimalaparvatham
  • Vilakkumadam
  • Manassinu Ethra Thiraseelakal
  • Manjuprathima
  • Meen Pidikkaan Poya Gabriel
  • Narthanasala
  • Amen Amen
  • Prappitiyan
  • Sari, Pisachineppatti Samsarikkam
  • Tharangaleela
  • Vishadakala
  • Viva Goa
  • Vellivelichathil
  • Ithivritham
  • Kadal Guhakal
  • Oru Gothra kadha, Oru Charithra kadha, Oru Chalachithra kadha
  • Maranam Ennu Perullavan
  • Ottakkoru Penkutty
  • Jivithame Nee Enth?
  • Jwalakalapam
  • Etho Rajavinte Prajakal
  • Ente Pizha Ente Pizha Ente Valiya Pizha
  • Bhavabhayam

Short story collections[edit]

  • Bhumiye Patti Adhikam Parayanda
  • Katha (Selected stories)
  • Kulirum Mattu Kathakalum
  • Malakhamar Chiraku Veesumbol
  • Manju Prathima
  • Pranayakalam
  • Sareeram Ariyunnathu
  • Snehavirunnu
  • Urangan Vayya
  • Vishudha Chumbanam

Others[edit]

  • Cinemayude Idangal (essays)
  • Mechilsthalangal (essays)
  • Paralmeen Neenthunna Paadam (autobiography)
  • Saannidhyam (memoirs and travel notes)
  • Sugandha Sasyangalkidayiloode (memoirs)
  • Yathrapathangalil

Filmography[edit]

Story[edit]

Year Title Cast Director
1997 Irattakuttikalude Achan Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Sreenivasan, Lalu Alex, Murali, Urmila Unni, Kavya Madhavan Sathyan Anthikad
1998 Kottaram Veettile Apputtan Jayaram, Shruti, Chandni, Jagathy Sreekumar, Kalabhavan Mani, Mamukoya Rajasenan
2010 Thoramazhayathu Priyanandanan Harihar Daz

Story and screenplay[edit]

Year Title Cast Director
1988 Mattoral Mammootty, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Seema, Urvashi, Murali K. G. George
1988 Puravrutham Om Puri, Revathy, Innocent, KPAC Lalitha Lenin Rajendran
1997 Sammanam Manoj K. Jayan, Manju Warrier, Kalabhavan Mani, K. B. Ganesh Kumar Sundar Das
1998 Kattathoru Penpoovu Murali, Sangeetha, Kavya Madhavan, Thilakan, Kalabhavan Mani Mohan Kupleri
2000 Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal Jayaram, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Kalidas Jayaram, Kavya Madhavan, Bhanupriya, Innocent Sathyan Anthikad
2011 Orma Mathram Dileep, Priyanka Nair, Dhanya Mary Varghese, Jagathy Sreekumar, Nedumudi Venu, Salim Kumar Madhu Kaithapram
2014 Vellivelichathil John Brittas, Iniya, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Lalu Alex, Ravindran Madhu Kaithapram

Awards[edit]

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