T. V. Kochubava

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T. V. Kochubava
Born(1955-11-28)November 28, 1955
Kattoor, Thrissur, Kerala, India
DiedNovember 25, 1999(1999-11-25) (aged 43)
Kozhikode, Kerala
OccupationNovelist, writer
Notable works
  • Vridhasadanam
  • Jalamalika
  • Perumkaliyattam
  • Soochikkuzhayil Oru Yacob
  • Upajanmam
Notable awards
  • Veeravu (father)
  • Beevathu (mother)

T. V. Kochubava (1955–1999) was an Indian writer of Malayalam literature, known for his novels and short stories. He published twenty three books covering the genres of novels, short stories, translations and plays and was a recipient of a number of awards including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Novel in 1996, besides several other honours.


Kochubava was born on November 28, 1955 at Kattoor village in Thrissur district of the south Indian state of Kerala to Veeravu, a coir merchant and his wife, Beevathu, in a family with limited financial resources.[1] After early schooling at St. George's Convent UP School, Karanchira and Pompei St. Mary's High Secondary School, Kattoor, he graduated from Sree Narayana College, Nattika before moving to Sharjah to work at a private company for the next two decades.[2] On his return to India, he joined Gulf Voice as its editor and settled in Kozhikode.[1]

Kochubava was married to Zeenath and the couple had a son and a daughter.[3] He died on November 25, 1999, at the age of 43, succumbing to a heart attack.[1]

Legacy and honours[edit]

One of the most popular modernist writers of Malayalam, he has authored 23 books, composed of a play and several novels and short story anthologies.[4] Vridhasadanam, the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award winning novel, short story anthologies such as Eppozhethumo Entho and Prarthanakalode Nilkkunnu and Checkuthan Arrestil, a play, feature among his notable works.[5] He also wrote one screenplay, Balloon, which won the first prize in the screenplay competition conducted by Nana Film Weekly in 1981.[1] It was adapted into a movie the next year under the same name, in which Mukesh made his acting debut.[6] Jalamalika, his short story anthology, is a prescribed text for BA Malayalam course at Pondicherry University.[7]

Kochubava received the Ankanam Award in 1989 for his anthology, Soochikkuzhayil Oru Yacob, the book also received the State Bank of Travancore Literary Award the next year.[2] He received one more award in 1995, the Cherukad Award for his novel, Vridhasadanam;[8] Kerala Sahitya Akademi also picked the book for their annual award for novel in 1996.[9] He received two more award in 1997, the Thoppil Ravi Award for his novel, Upajanmam and the V. P. Sivakumar Keli Award for the anthology, Jalamalika.[2]

T. V. Kochubava Literary Award is an eponymous award instituted in his memory, for recognising excellence in Malayalam literature; the recipients include Akbar Kakkattil,[10] Sandeep Pampally[11] and K. Rekha.[12] Balachandran Vadakkedath, a writer friend of Kochubava, published a book, Janmasradham, in 2014, which features his biography as well as a critical study of his works.[4] Vadakkedath also published another book on Kochubava, under the title, Kochubhava Kathayum Kaalavum.[13]



  • Kochubava, T. V. (1986). Soochikkuzhayil oru yakkob. Trivandram: Prabatham Book House.
  • Kochubava, T. V. (1989). Jaathakam. Kozhikode, Malayalam.
  • Kochubava, T. V. (1996). Perunkaliyaattam. Kottayam, DCB.
  • Kochubava, T. V. (1996). Virunnu mesayilekku nilavilikalode. Kottayam: D C.
  • Kochubava, T. V. (1996). Vruddhasadanam. Kottayam: D C books.
  • Kochubava, T. V. (1997). Upajanmam. Kozhikode, Mulberry.
  • Kochubava, T. V. (2000). Theranjeduttha laghu Novelukal. Thrissur: Current Books.
  • Kochubava, T. V. (2012). T V Kochubavayude novellakal. Kottayam: D C Books.

Short stories[edit]


  • Gibran, Kahlil; Kochubava (translator}, T. V.; Vincent (translator), K. V. (1996). Pravanchakante udyanam. Kozhikode: Mulberry Publications.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography on Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal". Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal. 24 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Our RAK Correspondent, Williams George. "Malayalam novelist remembered". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Malayalam author dead". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b Santhosh, K. (30 September 2014). "Literary dissection of a friendship". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ "List of works". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. 25 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Balloon (1982)". www.malayalachalachithram.com. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Cherukad Award". keralaculture.org. 24 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Novel". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. 25 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Litterateur Akbar Kakkattil no more". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Sandeep Pampally". Issuu. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  12. ^ "ടി വി കൊച്ചുബാവ പുരസ്‌കാരം കെ രേഖയ്ക്കു സമ്മാനിച്ചു". www.kairalinewsonline.com. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Kochubhava Kathayum Kaalavum". www.amazon.com. 25 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.

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