V. M. Girija

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V. M. Girija
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Born(1961-07-27)27 July 1961
Paruthipra, Palakkadu, Kerala, India
OccupationPoet, essayist
Spouse(s)C. R. Neelakandan
Childrentwo daughters
  • Vasudevavan Bhattathirippad (father)
  • Gauri Antharjanam (mother)
AwardsChangampuzha Award

V. M. Girija (born July 27, 1961) is an Indian poet and essayist, writing in Malayalam language. She has published a number of books, which include Prem - Ek Album, the Hindi translation of her poetry anthology in Malayalam, Pranayam Oralbum. She is a recipient of Changmpuzha Award for literature.


V. M. Girija was born on July 27, 1961 to Vadakkeppattu Vasudevavan Bhattathirippad and Gauri Antharjanam, at Paruthipra, a village near Shornur in Palakkad district in the south Indian state of Kerala.[1] Her college education was at the Sanskrit College, Pattambi from where she earned a master's degree in Malayalam, standing first in the examination.[2] She started writing at an early age and her her early poems were published in Balapankthi of Mathrubhumi.

Girija started her career in 1983 by joining All India Radio as an announcer and moved to Kochi FM Station when it was started in 1989.[3][4] She has published ten books of which Pranayam Oralbum[5] has been translated into Hindi by A. Aravindakshan, under the title, Prem-Ek Album.[6] The other books are Jeevajalam (Current Books, 2004),[7] Paavayunu (Sign Books, 2007),[8] Pennugal Kanatha Pathira Neragal (Mathrubhumi Books, 2011),[9] Oridathoridathoridathu (Current Books, 2012),[10] Poochayurakkam (KSCIL, 2014), Kadaloraveedu (Logos Books, 2015),[11] Paavayoonu (Illustrated Version-Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad, 2015), Irupakshampeduminduvalla Njan, Moonu Deerkha Kavithakal(DC Books, 2017)[12] and The Black Stone, a translation of her poems into English by P. P. Raveendran.[13] She has also edited book, Ellaarudeyum bhoomi, a compilation of poems of Savithri Antharjanam.[14] She has received the Changampuzha Award for literature[2] and one of her books is a prescribed academic text for graduate course in Malayalam at the University of Calicut.[15]

Girija is married to C. R. Neelakandan, a noted environmental activit and the state convener of the Kerala unit of Aam Admi Party. The couple has two daughters, Aardra and Aarcha and the family lives in Kakkanadu in Kochi.[2]


  • Pranayam Oralbum (1997)
  • Prem-Ek Album (1999)
  • Jeevajalam (2004)
  • Paavayunu (2007)
  • Pennugal Kanatha Pathira Neragal (2011)
  • Oridathoridathoridathu (2012)
  • Poochayurakkam (2014)
  • Kadaloraveedu (2015)
  • Paavayoonu (Illustrated Version, 2015)
  • Irupakshampeduminduvalla Njan (2015)
  • Moonu Deerkha Kavithakal(2017)

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  1. ^ "V M Girija". Mathrubhumi. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "വി എം ഗിരിജ". Sayahna. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Kochi News : When a poet goes on the air". www.thehindu.com. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.universityofcalicut.info/syl/Malayalam_Sylla_16.pdf page 59
  5. ^ "പ്രണയം ഒരാൽബം". Sayahna. 6 November 2018.
  6. ^ Girija, V. M. (1999). "Prem: Ek Album" (in Hindi). Radhakrishan Prakashan. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  7. ^ Girija, V. M; Author (2003). Jeevajalam. Thrissur, Current Books. ISBN 9788122603033.
  8. ^ GIRIJA. V. M. (6 November 2018). "PAAVAYOONU - പാവയൂണ്". KERALA STATE LIBRARY COUNCIL. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  9. ^ Girija V M (2011). Pennungal kanatha pathira nerangal. Kozhikode: Matrubhoomi.
  10. ^ V.M.Girija (2012). "Oridathoridathoridathu" (in Malayalam). Current Books Thrissur. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Kadaloraveedu". Rich Indians. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  12. ^ Girija, V. M. (2017). Moonnu deergha kavithakal. Kottayam: D C books. ISBN 9788126476503.
  13. ^ V. M. Girija P. P. Raveendran Tr. The Black Stone. Haritham, 12, 2000.
  14. ^ Savithri Antharjjanam (2001). Ellaarudeyum bhoomi. Thrissur: Current Books.
  15. ^ "BA Syllabus (Page 79)" (PDF). University of Calicut. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.

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