T. N. Gopinathan Nair

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T. N. Gopinathan Nair
Born(1918-04-24)24 April 1918
Died24 May 1999(1999-05-24) (aged 81)
Kerala
Alma mater
OccupationPlaywright, novelist, poet, screenwriter
Notable work
  • Vidhiyo Vidhi
  • Akavum Ouravum
  • Janadrohi
  • Ente Mini
Spouse(s)Saudamini
ChildrenTwo sons and a daughter
Parent(s)
  • P. K. Narayana Pillai
  • Parukutty Amma
Awards1979 Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Drama

T. N. Gopinathan Nair (24 April 1918 – 24 May 1999), was an Indian dramatist, novelist, poet, screenwriter and biographer of Malayalam language. One of the prolific among Malayalam playwrights, Nair published 39 plays, besides his four novels, four poetry anthologies and five biographies. He was a member of the council of Kerala Sahitya Akademi and held the char of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi. His drama, Pareeksha, received the Vikraman Nair Trophy for the best drama and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi selected his work, Sakshi, for their annual award for drama in 1979.

Biography[edit]

Government Model Boys High School

T. N. Gopinathan Nair was born on 24 April 1918 in Thiruvananthapuram, in the south Indian state of Kerala to Sahityapanchanan P. K. Narayana Pillai, a noted scholar and lawyer and his wife, Parukutty Amma.[1] His primary education was at Holy Angel's Convent Trivandrum and after passing 4th standard, he continued his schooling at the Government Model Boys High School before graduating from the Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram, then known as Maharaja's College of Arts.[2] Subsequently, he studied law but abandoned the studies after failing in the first year examination and joined Malayalarajyam daily as a special correspondent. Later, he also served as the editor of Malayalarajyam film magazine for a year before founding P. K. Memorial Press, named after his father, from where he published a magazine under the name, Sakhi and a daily by name, Veerakesari. he also started a book stall but all his ventures failed resulting in heavy financial losses. It was to repay the debts, Nair turned to films and he made his debut with Thiramala, a 1953 film, for which wrote the story, screenplay and dialogues; he also acted in the film along with Sathyan and Kumari Thankam.[3] He was associated with many more films[4] including the 1958 film, Nairu Pidicha Pulivalu.[5] The same year, he joined the Thiruvananthapuram station of the All India Radio (AIR) as a director of plays and he served AIR until his superannuation from service in 1975. Later, he served as a consultant to Manorajyam weekly, Akashvani and Doordarshan.[1]

Gopinathan Nair's oeuvre comprises over 50 books, falling into genres such as plays, novels, poetry, biography and travelogues,[6] which include Ente Mini, an elegiacal reminiscences on the death of his wife.[1] Besides, he wrote screenplay for five films, of which three, Thiramala, Aniyathi and Pareeksha, were based on his own stories[7] and he acted in 8 films.[8] Pareeksha, one of his plays, received the Vikraman Nair Trophy best drama.[1] He received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Drama for his play, Sakshi, in 1979.[9]

Gopinathan Nair was married to Saudamini, fondly called Mini, the daughter of noted writer, Kuttippurath Kesavan Nair; the marriage taking place in 1950.[1] The couple had two sons and a daughter.[10] The eldest of the children, Ravi Vallathol, is a noted film and television actor.[11] Nair died on 24 May 1999, at the age of 81.[1]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Plays[edit]

  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1955). Parivarthanam. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1957). Pookkaari. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1959). Nizhalkoothu. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1955). Akavum puravum. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1955). Aval oru pennaanu. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1962). Manam thelinju. S.P.C.S.
  • T. N., Gopinathan Nair (1964). Veettile vellicham. Thrissur: Current Books.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1968). T. N. Gopinathan Nayarute natakangal. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1971). Ezhu nirangal. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1973). Nizhalukal akalunuu. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1974). Pazhamayum puthumayum. Lakshmanan Pillai.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1974). Mister gulugulu. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1976). Sakshi. Thrissur: DC Books.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1976). Anganeyengil angane. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1978). Dasapushpam. Kottayam: S.P.C.S.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1981). Pareeksha. Thrissur: Kerala Sahithya Academy.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1982). Grahanavum Onavum. Kottayam: Sahithya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1984). Manthriyum mattum. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1990). Kayangal. Kozhikode: Poorna Publications.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. Samam samam.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. Pinthirippan prasthanam.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. Prathidhvani.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1997). Edavela. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. Nadakangal. Kottayam: Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. Ammaveedu. Ernakulam: Sahitya Parishad.

One act plays[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Gopinathan Nair. T. N (1945). Sudha. Trivandrum: Reddiar Press & Book depot.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1989). Vaitharani. Kozhikode: Poorna.
  • T. N., Gopinathan Nair (1958). Maleyute maala. Ernakulam: S P C S Ltd.
  • T. N., Gopinathan Nair. Vaitharani. Kozhikode: Poorna Publications.

Poetry[edit]

Memoirs[edit]

Biography[edit]

Travelogue[edit]

Others[edit]

  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1995). Kudumba vijnanakosam. Trivandrum: Centre for Non- Conventional Education.
  • Gopinathan Nair, T. N. (1999). Panchamritham. Aksharakairali. Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala State Institute of Children's Literature.

Screenplay[edit]

Filmography[edit]

As an actor[edit]

As a writer[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Biography on Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal". Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Profile of Malayalam Story Writer - TN Gopinathan Nair". en.msidb.org. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Thiramaala [1953]". www.malayalasangeetham.info. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Profile of Malayalam Actor - TN GopinathanNair". www.malayalasangeetham.info. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Nairu Pidicha Pulivaalu [1958]". www.malayalasangeetham.info. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  6. ^ "List of works". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. ^ "List of Malayalam Movies written by TN Gopinathan Nair". www.malayalachalachithram.com. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  8. ^ "List of Malayalam Movies acted by TN Gopinathan Nair". www.malayalachalachithram.com. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Drama". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Interview - Mathrubhumi Movies". web.archive.org. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Versatile artiste". The Hindu. 26 May 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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