Krishna Chaithanya

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Krishna Chaitanya was the pen name of Krishnapillai Krishnankutty Nair (24 November 1918 - 5 June 1994), known as K.K. Nair. He is an author of about 40 books[1] on the subjects of art, literature, philosophy and education, and an art critic, musicologist and photographer.

Early life and education[edit]

Nair was the eldest of three children born to P.A. Krishna Pillai, an advocate, and Gowri Thankamma a housewife. He was born at Trivandrum and died on the at New Delhi. His early schooling and education was between Trivandrum and Allepy in the erstwhile state of Travancore at that time under the Madras Presidency. Chaitanya graduated from the Madras University, standing first both in B.A. and M.A. with Biology as his subject in the former and English Literature in the latter.


This is the reviews of the book Mahabharata, a literary study by Krishna Chaitanya a.k.a. K.K Nair, on the back cover of his book.

Nair spent most of his life in Delhi where he retired as Director, Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity of the Government of India. Most of his works are related to the history of literature.[2][3]

The major categories [4] of his works are: a five-volume philosophy of freedom for which he got a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship (1978); a ten-volume history of world literature in English and several Indian languages which won a special award from the Kerala Sahitya Academy;[citation needed] several books on Indology; books for children published during the International Year of the Child.

Chaitanya is the author of a four-volume history of Indian painting,[5] has been for three decades art critic of one Indian periodical and music and dance critic of another, has been a member of the jury for Madhya Pradesh Government’s Kalidas Award for eminent musician (1985) and visual artist (1987).

As Chairman or member of functional committees he has been associated with over a dozen national cultural organizations and institutions in India. He is a recipient of the ‘Critics of ideas’ award (1964) from the Institute of International education, New York. He was honoured with a D Litt (Honoris Causa) by the Rabindra Bharati University in 1986 and received the Padma Shri from the Indian Government in 1992.

[6] Works


Samskrithahile Sahitya thathwa chintha

Samskritha Sahithya Charithram

Yavana Sahithya Charithram

Roman Sahithya Charithram

Yahooda Sahithya Charithram

Pilkala Latheen Sahithya Charithram

Egyptian Sahithya Charithram

Mesopotemian Sahithya Charithram

Purathana Greek sahithyam

Purathana Jutha sahithyam

Vijnanathinte moulika Thathwa thrayam

Shasthrathinte Viswavalokanam


Sanskrit Poetics

A new History of Sanskrit literature

Ravi varma

Portfolio of Indian Paintings

The Mahabharata-a literary study

The Gita for Modern Man

The Betrayal of Krishna

The biology of freedom

The sociology of freedom

The physics and chemistry of freedom

The psychology of freedom


  1. ^ "Krishna Chaitanya a.k.a. K K Nair - The Hinduism Forum -". Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Akhilavijnanakosam; D.C.Books; Kottayam
  3. ^ Sahithyakara Directory ; Kerala Sahithya Academy,Thrissur
  4. ^ "ARTS OF INDIA BY KRISHNA CHAITANYA". Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  5. ^ History of Indian Painting: The Modern Period. Abhinav Publications. p. 330. ISBN 978-8170173106. 
  6. ^ "betray1". Retrieved 28 May 2014.