Subhash Chandran

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Subhash Chandran
Novelist Subhash Chandran from Kerala, India.jpg
Born 1972
Kadungalloor, Ernakulam District, Kerala State, India
Occupation Novelist, short story writer
Language Malayalam
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Maharajas College[citation needed]
Genre Novel, Essays
Subject Social aspects, Fiction
Notable works Manushyanu Oru Aamukham
Notable awards Vayalar Award, Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award
Spouse Jayashree

Subhash Chandran (born 1972) is a Malayalam novelist, short story writer and journalist best known for the 2010 novel Manushyanu Oru Aamukham. He is one of the most read young writers in contemporary Malayalam literature. His stories "Vadhakramam", "Sanmargam", "Parudeesa Nashtam" and "Guptham" have been adapted into films. He is the only writer to get Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for both his debut story collection (2001) and debut novel (2011). He is also a recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award, Odakkuzhal Award and Vayalar Award.


Life and career[edit]

Subhash Chandran was born in 1972 in Kadungalloor, near Alwaye, Kerala. After completing his masters in Malayalam securing the first rank from Mahatma Gandhi University, he ventured into writing. In 1994, his story "Ghatikarangal Nilaykkunna Samayam" won an award instituted by Mathrubhumi Vishuppathippu. He has won numerous other awards including Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award,Vayalar Award, Odakkuzhal Award and Confederation of Tamil Nadu Malayali Associations (CTMA) literary prize for outstanding young writers.[1] He was the only Malayalam writer to feature in the list of outstanding young Indian writers compiled by The Times of India. His memoir Das Capital details the effects of singer K. J. Yesudas on him as a Malayali music lover. He is the first and only writer who received the prestigious Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for both his debut story collection and the debut novel in 2001 and 2011 respectively. The English translation of his novel A PREFACE TO MAN is published by harper collins in 2016. Subhash Chandran got the KEERTHIMUDRA award by Asianet channel for his outstanding contributions for the last two decades in Malayalam literature

Manushyanu Oru Amukham[edit]

Subhash Chandran is best known for authoring the 2010 novel Manushyanu Oru Amukham. The novel is set in Thachanakkara, a fictitious village and has the central character named Jithendran. The novel was originally serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly in 2009. The State Women's Commission had served a notice on the weekly alleging that women were depicted in a bad light in an advertisement of the novel.[2] The novel was published as a book by DC Books in 2010. It was a great critical success and to date remains one of the best-selling books in Malayalam. The novel won numerous awards including the Vayalar Award (2015), Kendra Sahithya Academy Award (2015) Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (2011) Odakkuzhal Award (2011), FOKANA Award (2012), Bhasha Institute's Basheer Puraskaaram (2012)and Kovilan Puraskaaram (2012). Manushyanu oru Aamukham is available in English (DC Books) (Harper Collins) as 'A PREFACE TO MAN'.

His new novel 'Samudrashila' will be published in Mathrubhoomi weekly soon.

Film adaptations[edit]

Four of his stories have been adapted into films. Based on the story "Vadhakramam", Pune Film Institute produced a short film which won a special jury mention in Rio de Janeiro Film Festival. The Malayalam feature film Laptop is an adaptation of the short story "Parudeesa Nashtam". His story "Sanmargam" was filmed as A Knife in the Bar in Malayalam while the story "Guptham" was filmed as Akasmikam by George Kithu, in which Swetha Menon played a splendid role.


  • Manushyanu Oru Aamukham - Novel, DC Books
  • A preface to Man - Novel, harper collins
  • Kathakal subhash chandran (complete story collection)- D C books
  • Ghatikarangal Nilakkunna Samayam - Short stories, DC Books
  • Parudeesa Nashtam - Short stories collection, DC Books
  • Thalpam - Short stories, DC Books
  • Bloody Mary - Short stories, DC Books
  • Vihitham- Short stories, mathrubhumi books
  • Onnara manikkoor- drama, Saindhava Books
  • Madhyeyingane- Vignettes, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Kaanunnanerathu - Vignettes, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Das Capital - Memoirs, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Kathayaakkaanaavaathe - Memoirs, Mathrubhumi Books
  • paadapusthakam - Memoirs, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Namaskaaram - Articles, New Books
  • Akkudu Muyal Appam Chuttu - Children's literature d c books
  • Perumthachan - Children's literature, Bala Sahitya Institute
  • Bhoomiyile Malakha - Children's literature, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Snehathinte chirakukal - Children's literature, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Goliyum Valappottum - Children's literature, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Manthramothiram - Children's literature, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Swarna jaalakamulla veedu - Children's literature, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Kannadi maalika - Children's literature, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Panavum arppanavum - Children's literature, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Pandu pandoru Marthandavarma - Children's novel, Haritham Books
  • Theranjedutha Kuttikkadhakal - Children's literature, Haritham Books
  • Bhoomiyammayum Makkalum - Children's literature, Haritham Books
  • Dinkaru vavvalum pinkaru eliyum- Children's literature, spcs

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 2001: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Story - Ghatikarangal Nilaykunna Samayam
  • 2011: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Novel - Manushyanu Oru Amukham[3]
  • 2011: Odakkuzhal Award - Manushyanu Oru Amukham[4]
  • 2012: Vaikkom Muhammad Basheer Award by Kerala Bhasha Institute - Manushyanu Oru Amukham
  • 2012: Kovilan Puraskaaram - Manushyanu Oru Amukham
  • 2012: Federation of Kerala Associations in North America (FOKANA) Award - Manushyanu Oru Amukham
  • 2014: Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award - Manushyanu Oru Amukham[5]
  • 2014: Library Council Sahitya Puraskaram[6]
  • 2015: Vayalar Award - Manushyanu Oru Amukham[7]
  • 2015: Oman Indian Social Club's Pravasa Kairali Sahitya Award[8]
  • EP Sushama Endowment by [ankanam samskarika vedi]
  • 2016: p. Kunjiraman Nair Memorial Samasthakeralam Award for Manushyanu Oru Amukham
  • 2016:Asianet KEERTHIMUDRA award for his literary contributions for the last two decades
  • Ankanam Puraskaaram
  • 2016:Souhrutha samskarikavedi Sulthan Bathery-2nd Souhrutha Sahithya puraskaram2016 Manusyanu Oru Amukam
  • 2017: reymond-crossword award for 'a preface to man', the translation of his novel manushyanu oru amukham
  • SBT Saahithya Award
  • Abudhabi Sakthi Puraskaaram
  • VP Sivakumar-Keli Award
  • Jubilee Award of Kaladi Sree Sankara College
  • Confederation of Tamil Nadu Malayali Associations (CTMA) Literary Prize for Outstanding Young Writers
  • Dhanam economics magazine selected him as one of the 10 personality brands of Kerala.
  • India Today selected him as one of the 20 young talents of Malayalam.
  • The Week selected him as one of the 50 young talents of India who excelled in various avenues.
  • When The Times of India selected young Indian writers, Subhash Chandran was the only Malayalam writer featured in the list.


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