E. V. Krishna Pillai

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E. V. Krishna Pillai
ഇ. വി. കൃഷ്ണ പിള്ള
Born(1894-09-14)14 September 1894
Died30 March 1938(1938-03-30) (aged 43)
  • Writer
  • Humourist
  • Satirist
Spouse(s)Maheswari Amma
  • Pappu Pillai
  • Karthyayani Amma

E. V. Krishna Pillai (14 September 1894 – 30 March 1938) was an Indian writer of Malayalam literature and member of Sree Moolam Popular Assembly of Travancore. He was known to be a multi-talented personality and excelled as an advocate, Member of Legislative Assembly, editor and writer. During his short life, he wrote comedies, dramas, short stories and an autobiography. He was also a columnist and a caricaturist. He was an eminent satirist and a genius in comedy.


E. V. Krishna Pillai was born on 14 September 1894 at Kunnathur Taluk of Quilon to Pappu Pillai and Kalyani Amma.[1]

After completing his schooling at Kunnathur, Krishna Pillai went on to graduate in Arts and Law and started his career as a government servant. He married Maheswari Amma, the youngest daughter of eminent writer, C. V. Raman Pillai. The couple had five sons, three of them famous in their careers, and two daughters. Chandraji (Ramachandran Nair), the eldest, was a known film actor,[2] the second son, Adoor Bhasi (Bhaskaran Nair), widely considered to be one of the greatest comedians of Malayalam cinema and the third, Padmanabhan Nair (Padman), a known journalist and the writer of the popular cartoon Kunchu Kurup.[3] His other children were Omana Amma, Rajalakshmi Amma, Sankaran Nair (who died at the young age of 18 due to heart disease) and Krishnan Nair.

Later, he took up the positions as Editor of publications such as Malayali and Malayala Manorama.[4] Pillai during this period, shifted his residence to Peringanad, near Adoor in erstwhile Travancore state. He also served as a member of the Sree Moolam Popular Assembly of Travancore.[1]

EV Krishnapilla Vaka
EV Krishnapilla Vaka - Collection of Humorous Writing: Book Cover

Krishna Pillai died on 30 March 1938 at the young age of 43.[5]

The E. V. Krishna Pillai Smaraka Sahitya Award has been instituted in his honour by Piravi Samskarika Samithi.[6]


Hasya Krithikal (comedy)[edit]

1 M L C Kadhakal
2 Kavitha Case
3 Police Ramayanam
4 E. V. Kadhakal
5 Chiriyum Chinthayum
6 Rasikan Thoolikachithrangal

Naatakangalum Prahasanangalum (coma and farce)[edit]

1 Seethalekshmi
2 Raja Kesavadasan
3 Iravikuttypilla
4 Raamaraajaabhishekam
5 Kurupinte daily
6 Pennarasu naadu
7 Vivaha Kammattam
8 B. A. Mayavi
9 Pranaya commission
10 Kallapramanam
11 Thilothama
12 Vismrithi
13 MaayaMaanushan

Aathmakadha (autobiography)[edit]

1 Jeevitha smaranakal (2 bhaagangal)

Cherukadha (short story)[edit]

1 Kelee Soudhum (4 bhaagangal)
  2 ente gandharvasnehithan


1 Baashpa varsham
2 Aarude Kai
3 Thoratha Kanneer

Prabandha Samahaaram (collection of essays)[edit]

1 Akkaalangal
2 Congress Chithrangal
3 Nehru Geetha

Baala Saahithyam (children's literature)[edit]

1 Guru Samaksham
2 Bhaaskaran
3 Baala Leela
4 Guna PaaTangaL
5 Shubha Charya
6 Sukha Jeevitham

E. V also co-authored books like Veeramahathwam with A. Sankara Pillai, Gaandhi Kaalam Onapaattu with C. V. KunjuRaaman.


  1. ^ a b "Biography on Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal". Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Chandraji". Imprints on Indian Film Screen. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ "The Herald of India". www.heraldofindia.com. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Notable Nairs". www.nairs.in. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  5. ^ "E. V. Krishna Pillai Malayalam Writer / Theatre Personality". web.archive.org. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  6. ^ ACV Channel (23 April 2014). "MA Baby recipient of EV Krishna Pillai award". Retrieved 28 March 2019.

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