Sabeena Rafi

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Sabeena Rafi
Born(1924-10-06)October 6, 1924
DiedJune 22, 1990(1990-06-22) (aged 65)
OccupationEssayist, historian
Notable work
  • Chavittu Nadakam - Oru Charithra Padanam
  • Marxism, Oru Thirinjunottam
  • Kaliyugam
Spouse(s)Ponjikkara Rafi
Parent(s)
  • Joseph
  • Mariamma
AwardsKerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Miscellaneous Works

Sabeena Rafi (October 6, 1924 – June 22, 1990) was an Indian essayist and historian of Malayalam literature. Her oeuvre consists of philosophical works, an autobiography and Chavittu Nadakam - Oru Charithra Padanam, the first historical compendium on Chavittu Nadakam, an operatic dance form. Her book, Kaliyugam, a philosophical work jointly written with her husband, Ponjikkara Rafi, fetched her the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Miscellaneous Works in 1972.

Biography[edit]

Sabeena was born on October 6, 1924 at Gothuruth, a small village in the periphery of Ernakulam district of the south Indian state of Kerala to Joseph and Mariamma.[1] She earned two master's degrees, in History and Economics, and served our her career as a teacher. She married Ponjikkara Rafi in 1963,[2] following a period of romance,[3] but the couple did not have children.[4] She died on June 22, 1990, at the age of 65;[5] survived by Rafi, who died two years later, on September 6, 1992.[2]

Legacy and honours[edit]

Sabeen Rafi's oeuvre consists of five non-fiction works and Chritumas Sammanam, her autobiography.[6] Chavittu Nadakam - Oru Charithra Padanam, her 1964 publication on the history of Chavittu Nadakam, an operatic dance form originated in Ernakulam, is considered to be the first comprehensive book on the subject.[7] Marxism, Oru Thirinjunottam, a book co-written with her husband, is a detailed study of the Marxian theory and its spiritual aspects; the book also has a critique on Mother of Maxim Gorky.[8] Kaliyugam, again a Ponjikkara Rafi co-written work, is a study of human behaviour from early ages, with a philosophical perspective.[4] The book fetched her the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Miscellaneous Works in 1972.[9]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Sabeena Rafi (1964). Chavittu Nadakam - Oru Charithra Padanam (in Malayalam) (1 ed.). Kochi: Avanthi Publications.
  • Sabeena Rafi (1968). Christumas sammanam (in Malayalam) (1 ed.).
  • Ponjikkara Rafi; Sebeena Rafi (1982). Kaliyugam (in Malayalam) (1 ed.). D. C. B. Kottayam.
  • Ponjikkara Rafi; Sabeena Rafi (1991). Marxism Oru Thirinjunottam, Emmavoosilekkula Yathrayum (in Malayalam) (0 ed.). Bamsuri Books.
  • Sabeena Rafi; Ponjikkara Rafi (1992). Sukradasayude charitram. Kottayam: D.C. Books.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography on Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal". Biography on Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal. 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  2. ^ a b "Sabeena Rafi". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  3. ^ ഉണ്ണികൃഷ്ണൻ, കെ. "പോഞ്ഞിക്കര റാഫിയെ മറന്നതെങ്ങനെ ?". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  4. ^ a b "Ponjikkara Rafi - Veethi profile". veethi.com. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  5. ^ "കേട്ടിട്ടുണ്ടോ പോഞ്ഞിക്കര റാഫിയെന്ന്?". ManoramaOnline. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  6. ^ "List of works". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  7. ^ "Chavittunatakam: Maritime Dance Drama of Kerala". www.sahapedia.org. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  8. ^ "Marxism Oru Thirinjunottam". www.indulekha.com. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  9. ^ "Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Miscellaneous Works". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-04-10.

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