Indraprastha is the city of creativity
This post is about the memorable literary and cultural talents who have had the opportunity to get acquainted and interact with this person during their four decades of life in Delhi, and the proximity of Malayalees to the capital city …
Mayyazhi’s narrator, Malayalam’s favorite writer, Shri. Mukundan, in a speech, once described Delhi as one of the most creative cities in India. It is in this city that Mukundan wrote all his major works (from the banks of the Mayyazhipuzha to the Delhi Gathas). Mukundan described Delhi as a city of creativityThe Malayalee proximity to and the creative interventions they made in the field of literature and culture are remarkable.
Apart from Mukundan, Indraprastha is a city ruled by many prominent figures in Malayalam literature.
OV Vijayan, Anand, VKN, Unnikrishnan to Thiruvazhi, Ocheri NN Pillai, I.K.K. Menon, Akavur Narayanan, MP Narayana Pillai, Kakkanadan, Rajan Kakkanadan, Sachidanandan and Prabha Varma are a long list.
We know this list will be incomplete no matter how hard we try. This post is about the literary and cultural geniuses who have had the opportunity to get acquainted and interact with him during his four decades of life in Delhi, and the Malayalee proximity to the capital city.
Mukundan arrived in Delhi in 1962. After living in Delhi for more than four decades, he returned to his native Mayyazhi (Mahe) and settled there. Delhi is the setting for many of Mukundan’s notable novels and short stories, such as The Delhi Stories, Delhi, This World, A Man in It, and The Shepherds. I remember living in Amar Colony in Lajpat Nagar and Cauvery apartment in Dwarka.
Kazak’s narrator, o. V. Vijayan also spent most of his life in the capital city of Indraprastha. Vijayan lived for a long time in a spacious flat in Chanakyapuri, inhabited by the nobles (rich and famous) of the city. Vijayan has written most of his works in Chanakyapuri, Delhi, including the epic Kazak, one of the finest works of Malayalam novel literature.
Many of his world-class cartoons of the time were drawn in the same flat. His controversial political satire novel, Dharmapurana, was written in the same flat. Dharmapuranam is a satirical novel that critically exposes the political intrigues of Delhi and the hypocrisy of the hypocritical politics of the Emergency.
In the Dharmapurana, Vijayan, who knew Prajapati (Indira Gandhi?), The ruler of Dharmapuri (Delhi), and his dependents who were complicit in their utterly obscene exercise of power, ridiculed and criticized him without hiding his anger.
I remember someone once describing Sri Anand as a narrator of crowds and big cities. Anand, who paved a unique and unique path in the history of Malayalam novel literature with his first novel ‘Alkoottam’, lived for a long time in Sukhdev Vihar, Delhi.
Malayalam has written many novels, short stories and essays on Anand, including Crowds, Death Certificates, Deserts, Refugees and Govardhan’s Journeys. It is learned that Anand ended his life in Delhi and settled in his native Irinjalakuda.
He is a beloved poet, thinker, critic and lecturer of Malayalam. Sachidanandan ended his three-decade-long life in Delhi and recently settled in Thrissur. In 1992 he was the Editor of Indian Literature at the Kendra Sahitya Akademi, Delhi, and from 1996 he was the Secretary of the Kendra Sahitya Akademi. I remember initially living in Amar Colony in Delhi and later in his own flat in Mayur Vihar. Sachchidanandan, author of more than fifty books, including collections of poetry and translations, must have done most of his work in Delhi.
The famous poet n. Prabha Varma is a man who has lived in Delhi (now serves as the Chief Minister’s Media Adviser) as the Bureau Chief of Deshabhimani for more than a decade. A recipient of many awards, including the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Prabha Varma has done many of his early works in Delhi.
Omcheri NN Pillai, a beloved author of the Delhi Malayalees, author of several plays, a prominent figure in Delhi’s cultural activities, and writer, has been living in Delhi since 1952. His autobiography ‘Accident’ recently won the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award. His plays Thevaru’s Elephant, Ulakudaperumal and Pralayam were performed in the capital city of Delhi.
In addition to these, VKN, Akavoor Narayanan, Unnikrishnan to Thiruvazhi, IKK Menon, Kakkanadan, Rajan Kakkanadan, MP Beginning with Narayana Pillai, many Malayalam literary geniuses often lived in Delhi and made significant contributions to Malayalam literature. Delhi is the setting for VKN’s famous works like Arohanam and Payyan Kathakal.
The history and politics of Delhi are the subject of these two VKN works. Notable writers of the new generation, Shri. Krishnanunni (Author of the book Kerala A Documentary), Shri V. Sanal (author of the book Choreography of Murder) and others are residents of Delhi.
Not only in literature, but also in journalism, we had a time in the capital when Malayalees were on the stage. Shri CP was one of the most brilliant giants of the national media in the seventies and eighties. Ramachandran, Edathatta Narayanan, B.G. Varghese, p. Raman et al. Their successors, as a continuum, we still have today are prominent journalists in the national media.
Sri Venkitesh Ramakrishnan, Amrit Lal, TK Arun, Jigish, Ramu Damodaran, R. Prasannan and others still mark the closeness of Malayalees to Indraprastha in the media.
Apart from these, there are many other brilliant talents in the Malayalam media. Shri V.K. Madhavan Kutty, TVR Shenoy, n. Ashokan, Narendran, Narikutty Mohanan, N. Prabha Varma, Appukuttan Vallikkunnu, VB The names of Parameswaran, Vijayamohan and Sethunath come to mind. PK is their ultimate link. Manikandan, m. Prashanth, M.K. Ajith Kumar and others are still actively maintaining the closeness of Malayalees in the media.
We had many great cartoonists who were Malayalees who got lost in Indraprastha. Cartoonist Shankar (K. Shankar Pillai), who can be described as the father of political cartoons, was from Kayamkulam. Shankers Weekly and Shankers’ Dolls Museum were once very popular in Delhi. Shankar was also best known for his friendship with Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.
Internationally acclaimed cartoonist Abu Abraham was once an inmate of Shankers Weekly. Abu Abraham, who wrote for The Guardian, Blitz, Tribune and The Observer, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1972.
Sree Kutty (PK Sankaran Kutty Nair) was also an active presence in the cartoon scene in Indraprastha. They are the descendants of Sudhir Nath, Ajit Nainan, R. Prasad and others are still active in this field in Indraprastha. The famous cartoonist E.P. Until recently, Unni was also a resident of Delhi.
In Delhi, many names that have left their mark on the Malayalam drama scene come to mind. Sri Satyendran, Mavelikkara Ramachandran, Gopan, TK Soman, Vijayan, Purushothaman, Ravishankar Narendran, Madanan, Sam Pattamkari, Ajith Maniyan and many others were active in the Delhi theater.
Drama organizations such as Preview, Arang and Sathyan Memorial Arts Club were also active in the theater scene in Delhi. The plays Spartacus performed by Janachetana, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist and the Procession are also remembered. ‘Vriksh’ is still active in the theater industry in Delhi.
When it comes to the proximity of Malayalees to the capital city and their creative activities, it is also worth mentioning two prominent organizations in Delhi that have been active in the field of art, literature and culture for decades and are still very active today. Kerala Club in Delhi It was formed long before independence (1939).
The Kerala Club at Connaught Place, the heart of the capital city, was a meeting place for most Malayalam writers who lived or passed through Delhi. OV Vijayan, m. Mukundan, Sethu, I.K.K. Menon, Unnikrishnan to Thiruvazhi, MP Narayana Pillai, VKN, Akavur Narayanan and many other famous writers who lived in Delhi often presented their first works in the ‘Sahitya Sakhya’ at the Kerala Club. Sahitya Sakhya is still held every week. Shri VP Menon, Omcheri NN Pillai, Subramanian Potti and Joseph Idamaruk are some of the prominent Malayalees who have graced the presidency of the Kerala Club.
Folk culture Has been an active Malayalee presence in Indraprastha for over four decades. Janasanskriti is the largest expatriate organization in Indraprastha with 22 branches in and around the capital city (Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad) where Malayalees live.
Janasanskrithi is an organization that actively participates in the artistic, cultural and literary life of the Malayalees and seeks to intervene as a progressive art and cultural organization in the mainstream political and social spheres, beyond their subcultural urges and nostalgic issues. The Safdar Hashmi Memorial Drama Festival, which has been held every year for more than two decades, is a festival for drama lovers in Delhi.
Twenty plays by various theater groups in Delhi will be performed at the festival. In addition, their seminars, symposia and other cultural activities highlight the Malayalee presence and presence in Delhi. Justice V. R. Dr. Krishna Iyer is a famous historian. K. N. Panicker, Justice Subramanian Potti and Sebastian Paul have graced the presidency of folklore.
The names of many luminaries and organizations are known to have been left out. This post is about some of the most memorable people who have come to know and interact with Delhi life over the past four decades, and the creative contributions of Delhi Malayalees to the Malayalam language, literature, journalism, cartoons and drama.
“Delhi is the most creative city in India” This post concludes with a quote from the narrator of Mayyazhi.
Content Highlight: Haridas Kolathoor about Delhi and the literary figures