Sarah Thomas (writer)

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Sarah Thomas
Born (1934-09-14) September 14, 1934 (age 84)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Occupation Novelist
Language Malayalam, English, Hindi
Nationality Indian
Genre Fiction
Notable works Narmani Putava, Daivamakkal
Notable awards Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (1979, 2010)
Spouse Dr. Thomas Zachariah
Children Shobha George and Deepa Thomas

Sarah Thomas (born September 15, 1934) is a Malayalam language writer from Kerala, India. Her novel Narmadi Putava won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in the year 1979.[1] She is also a recipient of Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Overall Contribution to Malayalam Literature.[2]

Sarah Thomas had started writing long before the concept of feminine literature evolved in Malayalam. She published her first novel Jivitamenna Nadi at the age of 34. She became noted in the literary field after the publication of the novel Murippadukal in 1971. The novel narrated the life of a young man brought up in a Roman Catholic orphanage and later transferred to his Hindu ancestral home, where he is subtly persuaded to conform to Hindu religious beliefs. His attempts to establish an identity for himself in a situation full of conflicts were dealt with in the novel. It was later filmed as Manimuzhakkam by P. A. Backer, that won several recognitions, including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film.[3] There are three other novels of hers, Asthamayam, Pavizhamuthu and Archana, which too have been filmed.[4] Her best known work is Narmani Putava which won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979. The novel portrayed a Brahmin girl whose fate it was to agree to marry the man of her father's choice so that he would have a peaceful end.[4] Two books the author rates as her favourite are Daivamakkal and Grahanam.[4] A milestone in Kerala's Dalit literature, Daivamakkal (Children of God) tells the tale of a Dalit boy, his trials and tribulations as a medical student as well as in later life. Kunjikannan, the protagonist of the novel, is a symbol of an individual trying to break from the often sub-human status that was his lot.[5] The novel was translated into English by Sosanna Kuruvilla.[6] Grahanam (Eclipse) narrates the harrowing experiences that a Keralite boy and his lady love, a German, had to undergo in Lebanon.[4]

<span class="(1988) * Agni Suddhi (1988) * Valakkar (1994) * Neelakkurinjikal Chuvakkum Neram (1995) * Asthamayam * Gunitham Thettiya Kanakku * Grahanam * Thanneer Panthal * Yathra * Kaveri == കൃതികൾ == *  Jivitamenna നിന്ന് Nadi  (1968) *  Murippadukal  (1971) *  Pavizha മുത്തു  (1972) *  മരണാൽക്ഷാന്താ Manushyan നീ Thanne  (1973) *  അർച്ചന 'Valakkar'  1977) *  Narmmani Putava  (1978) *  Daivamakkal  (1982) *  Chinnammu  (1988) *  അഗ്നി ലായിരുന്നു ) * (1988  (1994 ) *  Neelakkurinjikal Chuvakkum നേരം  (1995) *  Asthamayam  *  Gunitham Thettiya Kanakku  *  Grahanam  *  Thanneer Panthal  *  യാത്ര  *  കാവേരി ' '

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (Novel)". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Overall Contribution to Malayalam Literature". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "P. A. Backer". Cinemaofmalayalam.net. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d J. Ajith Kumar (September 14, 2004). "Writing for all of humanity". The Hindu. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  5. ^ Bhawani Cheerath (April 28, 2006). "Children of a lesser god". The Hindu. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Print Pick". The Hindu. April 22, 2006. Retrieved July 7, 2013.