Edappally Raghavan Pillai

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Edappally Raghavan Pillai (30 May 1909 – 4 July 1936) was a Malayalam poet who was closely associated with Changampuzha Krishna Pillai.[1] They are considered as Shelley and Keats of Malayalm poetry.[2]

Pillai has been compared by Kesari Balakrishna Pillai to Giacomo Leopardi of Italy.[3]

Raghavan Pillai's best poem is perhaps Maninadam (The sound of the bells) which he wrote a short while before committing suicide by hanging himself from a tree.[4] The farewell song opens by:

മണിമുഴക്കം! മരണദിനത്തിന്റെ
മണിമുഴക്കം, മധുരം! വരുന്നു ഞാന്‍!

The bell tolls; It is the sweet knell
Of the day of the death; I am coming;
Let me say my farewell words
To the friends who come to see me off.

It is believed that the famous pastoral play Ramanan by Changampuzha is an elegy based on the life and death of his friend Raghavan Pillai.[1]

Selected works[edit]

  • Thushara Haaram (1935)
  • Nava Saurabham (1936)
  • Hridhaya Smitham (1936)
  • Maninaadham (1944)
  • Edappally Raghavan Pillayude Krithikal


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