P. K. Rajasekharan

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P. K. Rajasekharan
Dr. Pk Rajasekharan.jpg
Born (1966-02-21) 21 February 1966 (age 53)
Thiruvananthapuram, India
OccupationLiterary critic, author, orator, newspaper editor
GenreLiterary criticism, essays
Notable awardsKerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Vilasini Award, Thoppil Ravi Award

P. K. Rajasekharan is a literary critic in Malayalam language, and is the winner of Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Literary Criticism in 1997. Rajasekharan is an orator,[1] author, and editor of various books. He is currently editor of the Mathrubhumi newspaper.

Early life and education[edit]

P. K. Rajasekharan was born on 21 February 1966 in Karippuru, near Malayinkeezh, in Thiruvananthapuram District. After finishing his graduate and post-graduate schooling in Malayalam from the University College Trivandrum, Rajasekharan obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kerala.

Research and findings[edit]

Rajasekharan and fellow critic P. Venugopalan found that the version of Indulekha, published in 1889 as the first Malayalam novel, Keralites have read for the past several decades was a heavily edited version.[2] The novel, which strongly pushed for women's empowerment, was deeply altered with many such portions removed by later publishers. The last chapter, Chapter 20, was especially edited.[3] They then found the original version of the novel, from the British Library in London, after several years of searching.


  • Kerala Sahitya Academy Award (1997), for Literary Criticism, for the book Pitrukhadikaaram, O.V. Vijayan kalayum darshanavum
  • Vilasini Award (instituted by Kerala Sahitya Academy) (2000), for the book "Andhanaya Daivam: Malayala Novelinte Nooru Varshangal"
  • Thoppil Ravi award (2000), for the book "Andhanaya Daivam"
  • State Bank of Travencore Literary Award for criticism (2009), for the book Vaakkinte Moonnaam Kara
  • Narendra Prasad Award for criticism (2009), for the book Ekantha Nagarangal
  • Panthalam Kerala Varma Media Award (2011) for the best editorial in Malayalam News Papers, for the editorial titled "Malayalam Nammude Abhimanamakanam" (Malayalam should be our pride), written in Mathrubhumi News Paper.
  • C.B. Kumar Endowment, instituted by Kerala Sahitya Academy, for studies on P. Kunhiraman Nair's poetry.
  • Dr. K. Godavarma Memorial Price (1988), instituted for the highest marks scorer in Malayalam M.A. from Kerala University.


  • Pathu Novelistukal (Kerala State Bala Sahitya Institute, 1990)
  • Pitrukhadikaaram: O.V. Vijayante Kalayum Darshanavum (D.C. Books, Kottayam, 1994) ISBN 81-7130-374-9
  • Andhanaya Daivam: Malayala Novelinte Nooru Varshangal (D.C. Books, Kottayam, 1999) ISBN 81-7130-961-5
  • Madhyama Nighantu (D.C. Books, Kottayam, 2003)
  • Ekantha Nagarangal: Utharadhunika Malayalathinte Saundarya Sasthram (D.C. Books, Kottayam, 2006) ISBN 8126412909
  • Vakkinte Moonnamkara: Loka Novalile Sancharangal (D.C. Books, Kottayam, 2008) ISBN 978-81-264-2102-2
  • Nishasandarshanangal: Lokasahithyathile Sancharangal (Rainbow book publications, Chengannur, 2008) ISBN 81-89716-69-7
  • Kathantharangal: Malayala Cherukathayude Akhyana Bhoopadam (Mathrubhumi Books, Kozhikode, 2010) ISBN 81-8264-438-0
  • Narakathinte Bhoopadangal: Loka Novalile Sancharangal (Mathrubhumi Books, Kozhikode, 2010) ISBN 978-81-8264-966-8
  • Bookstalgia (Mathrubhumi Books, Kozhikode, July 2015) ISBN 978-81-8266-446-3



  1. ^ "Lecture Series in Malayalam -- Keralam: Maps and Borders by Dr. P.K. Rajasekharan (Lecture I)". IndiaVideo.Org. 12 November 2012.
  2. ^ "The lost pages of 'Indulekha'". The Hindu. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Revised Indulekha". Sayahna.org. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.

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