C. V. Sreeraman
|C. V. Sreeraman|
February 7, 1931|
Cheruthuruthy, Kerala, India
|Died||October 10, 2007
Thrissur, Kerala, India
|Genre||Short story, novel|
C. V. Sreeraman (February 7, 1931 - October 11, 2007) was an Indian writer who wrote short stories and novels in Malayalam. He was the Vice Chairman of Kerala Sahitya Akademi. C. V. Sreeraman's stories stand foremost core to the theme, as exemplified by his Anayasena Maranam (Dying an Easy Death) and Railway Palangal (The Rails). He has won the prestigious Kendra Sahitya Academy Award in 1999 for his collection of short stories Sreeramante Kadhakal and Kerala Sahitya Academy Award for the collection Vasthuhara.
Born on February 7, 1931, at Cheruthuruthy, Kerala to Velappan and Janaki, Sreeraman spent a part of his childhood in Sri Lanka. He studied in Government High School, Kunnamkulam; T.M. H. S., Perumbilavu; St. Thomas College, Thrissur and St. Aloysius College, Mangalore and took degree in law from the Madras Law College. For seven years, he worked in the Rehabilitation Department of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, which provided the theme for some his memorable stories. A Communist right from his student days, Sreeraman served as the president of Chovvanur panchayat for seven years and was actively associated with the pro-Communist Party of India (Marxist) cultural outfit Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham. He was a member of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Executive Committee from 1988 to 1991. His residence in Kongunoor near Kunnamkulam, Thrissur was a hub for Malayalam writers from the district.
Sreeraman's stories were intelligently told and suffused with humanism. The breadth of his experience as a lawyer and government official helped him create a richly imaginative body of work. He drew upon a rich and varied source of imagery and subject matter. His works include Puthuma Illathavarude Nagaram, Chidambaram, Kshurasyadhara, Theerthakkavadi, Dukhitarude Dukham, Puramkazhchakal, Vasthuhara, Chakshu Sravanagalasthamam, Pondhan Mada, Sheema Thampuran and Entosy Valiamma. His stories were translated into English and German, and several Indian languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi and Oriya. The visual quality of his narration attracted filmmakers. Vasthuhara, Chidambaram (G. Aravindan), Purushartham (K. R. Mohanan) and Ponthan Mada (T. V. Chandran) were based on Sreeraman's stories.
Later an anthology of his short stories, 'Mokshartham', got published. The 13 stories in this book revolve around life in pilgrimage destinations.