V. Madhusoodanan Nair

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V. Madhusoodanan Nair
V Madhusoodanan Nair.jpg
Born (1949-02-25) 25 February 1949 (age 71)
[Aruviyodu)[Neyyattinkara]], Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
OccupationPoet, critic and academic
Notable works
  • Naranathu Bhranthan
  • Agasthyahridayam
  • Acchan Piranna Veedu
Notable awards
SpouseS. Malathi Devi
ChildrenTwo daughters and a son
  • N. Gourikutty Amma (mother)
  • K. Velayudhan Pillai (father)
official website

V. Madhusoodanan Nair is an Indian poet and critic of Malayalam literature, who is credited with contributions in popularizing poetry through recitation.[1][2] He is best known for Naranathu Bhranthan, the poem with the most number of editions in Malayalam literature as well as his music albums featuring recitations of his own poems and poems of other major poets. Kerala Sahitya Akademi honoured him with their annual award for poetry in 1993. He is also a recipient many other honours including Sahitya Akademi Award, Asan Smaraka Kavitha Puraskaram, Padmaprabha Literary Award, Kunju Pillai Award, R. G. Mangalom Award, Souparnikatheeram Prathibhapuraskaram and Janmashtami Puraskaram.


University College , Thiruvananthapuram

V. Madhusoodanan Nair was born on February 25, 1949 at Aruviyodu, a small riverside village near Neyyattinkara, in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the south Indian state of Kerala to N. K. Velayudhan Pillai and Gourikutty Amma.[3] He imbibed quite early the tradition of many a ritualistic song from his father, who was a reciter of Thottam Pattu. His early schooling was at the local schools in Neyyattinkara and Kotturkonam after which he passed pre-degree course from Velu Thampi Memorial Nair Service Society College. Subsequently, he graduated from Mahatma Gandhi College and earned a master's degree from the University College Thiruvananthapuram. He started his career as a journalist, working at Kumkumam magazine and Veekshanam daily and also as a programme announcer at the Thiruvananthapuram station of the All India Radio before working as a sub-editor at Kerala Bhasha Institute. Later, he shifted to academics by joining St. Xavier's College, Thiruvananthapuram as a faculty[4] from where he superannuated from service as the Professor and Head of the Department of Malayalam.[5]

Madhusoodanan Nair is married to S. Malathi Devi and the couple has two daughters, Rashmi and Ramya and a son, Vishnu.[3] The family lives in Devaswom Board Junction, Thiruvananthapuram.[6]


V Madhusoodanan Nair reciting Malayalam poem, Vakku, at Malayalam Aikya Vedi seminar at Kollam

Madhusoodanan Nair started writing poems while at school and the first of his poems was published in the 1980s; his first poem anthology, Naranathu Bhranthan was published in 1992.[7] The book is reported to be the most popular poetry anthology ever in Malayalam literature, with over 40 editions, surpassing the second most printed book, Ramanan of Changampuzha Krishna Pillai, which had 18 editions as of 2016.[8] He is known to be conversant with several languages including Malayalam, English, Hindi, Sanskrit and Tamil. Besides poems, he has published five non-fiction books including Eliotum Richardsum, a critical study, Science Nikhantu, a lexicon and Nadodi Vignanam, a book on the folklore of Kerala. He has written the lyrics for three Malayalam films viz. Santhanagopalam, Kulam and Ardhanaari while his poems have been used in films such as Daivathinte Vikrithikal, Punyam, Punarjani and Veettilekkulla Vazhi.[9] He also wrote lyrics for Tharangini and Manorama Music.[7]

Awards and honours[edit]

Madhusoodanan Nair received the Kunju Pillai Award for Poetry in 1986, followed by the K. Balakrishnan Award in 1990.[3] Kerala Sahitya Akademi selected his debut anthology, Naranathu Bhranthan, for their annual award for poetry in 1993.[10] A decade later, he was awarded the 2003 Asan Smaraka Kavitha Puraskaram,[11] the same year as he received two more awards viz. R. G. Mangalom Award and the Souparnikatheeram Prathibhapuraskaram.[5] He received the Janmashtami Puraskaram in 2015 and a year later, he was awarded the Padmaprabha literary Award in 2016.[4][12] Sahitya Akademi selected his work, Achan Piranna Veedu for their annual award in 2019.[13]



  • V Madhusoodanan Nair (2017). Madhusoodanannairude Kavithakal. DC Books. p. B0758DGYZQ. ASIN B0758DGYZQ.
  • V Madhusoodanan Nair (2016). Naranathu Bhranthan. DC Books. p. 176. ASIN B01N78N18W.
  • Bharatheeyam [14]
  • Madhusoodanan Nair, V. (2008). Gandhi. Kottayam: D.C. Books. ISBN 9788126418534.
  • Agasthyahridayam[15]
  • V Madhusoodanan Nair. Acchan Piranna Veedu. DC Books. p. 256. ASIN B01M5KYLJ2.
  • Ganga[16]
  • Madhusūdanan Nāir, V. (1993). Gāndharvaṃ. Kōṭṭayaṃ: DC Books. ISBN 8171302815. OCLC 30518387.
  • Megangale Keezhadanguvin[17]
  • Marubhoomiyile Kinar
  • Pongala[18]
  • Nataraja Smriti
  • Sakshi
  • V Madhusoodanan Nair. Ammayum Makalum. Music Zone. ASIN B00VZ1C4WK.
  • V Madhusoodanan Nair (2007). Jeevanulla Prathima. DC Books. ISBN 9788126413997. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  • Madhusoodanan Nair V. Ente rakshakan. DC Books.
  • Madhusoodanan Nair, V. (1993). Gaandharvam. Kottayam: D C Books. ISBN 9788171302819.



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kartik Chandra Dutt (1999). Who's who of Indian Writers, 1999: A-M. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 683–. ISBN 978-81-260-0873-5.
  2. ^ "വി.മധുസൂദനന്‍ നായര്‍". Mathrubhumi. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Madhusudanan Nair biography". Last.fm. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b "V Madhusoodanan Nair wins Padmaprabha Award - Times of India". The Times of India. 12 November 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "V. Madhusoodhanan Nair - V. Madhusoodhanan Nair Biography - Poem Hunter". www.poemhunter.com. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  6. ^ M, Athira (27 November 2015). "Landscapes of the mind". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b "V Madhusoodanan Nair- Speaker in Kerala literature Festival KLF-2019". keralaliteraturefestival.com. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  8. ^ Payyeri, Peethambaran (10 April 2016). "A mad man's eternal truths". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  9. ^ "List of Malayalam Songs written by V Madhusoodanan Nair". www.malayalachalachithram.com. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  11. ^ "ASAN MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION". asaneducation.com. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  12. ^ "V Madhusoodanan Nair presented Padmaprabha Award". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Shashi Tharoor, Madhusoodanan Nair win Sahitya Akademi Award". Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  14. ^ Sasi Nair (12 July 2013). "Bharatheeyam - Kavitha by Madhusoodanan Nair, Recited by Sasi Nair". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  15. ^ Malayalam Kavithakal (28 July 2017). "Agasthya Hridayam Kavitha with lyrics". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  16. ^ Jinesh Chelannur (12 June 2013). "malayalam kavitha ganga". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  17. ^ Sudheer Prem (10 March 2016). "Madhusoodhanan Nair Kavithakal - Meghangale Keezhadanguvin". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  18. ^ Satyam Audios (6 August 2013). "Chithira chilakkunna - Ponkala". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  19. ^ a b c "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". www.pressreader.com. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.

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