Life of M.T.Vasudevan Nair

Eminent writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair. File photo
M.T.Vasudevan Nair

M.T. VASUDEVAN NAIR popularly known as MT as his readers and friends is a Malaylam writer ( Malayalam is a south Indian language mainly speak in Kerala state). He is a prolific and versatile writer in modern Malayalam literature, and is one of the masters of post-Independence Indian literature.

MT born on August 9, 1933 (age 86 years) in a small village named Kudallur near Pattambi in Palakkad district . Kudallur is a village surrounded by Bharathapuzha, a famous river also it surrounded by thick green grass and trees. The birth place and its people influenced MT and we can see many such characters in his various works.

MT wrote many short stories, novels and screenplays and his works spread like an ocean through Malayalam literature. He easily handled and conveyed the local myths,idioms and phrases in his works which accepted his followers with overwhelming joy and affection.

His first major work Naalukettu (The Legacy; 1958) is a veritable depiction of the situation which prevailed in a typical joint family when its fortunes is on a steady decline. The title attributes to Nālukettu, a traditional ancestral home of a joint family. The novel remains a classic in Malayalam fiction.

Randamoozham (The Second Turn; 1984),is accepted as his masterpiece. This is an epic story took from Mahabharatha. The story is recreated in the point of view of Bhimasena who is the second in Pandavas. . “I have not changed the framework of the story by the first Vyasa, Krishna-Dwaipayana. I have read between his lines and expanded on his pregnant silences,” says the author.

Manju(The Mist 1964) is the only woman lead role novel by MT. The story, instead his usual Valluvanadu theme, happening in Nainital which has a beautiful greenery. Besides Malayalam, the novel also had a Hindi film adaptation titled Sarath Sandhya.

Apart from writing career, M. T. Vasudevan Nair is one of the most distinguished and well accepted script writers and directors in Malayalam cinema. He has directed seven films and written the screenplay for around 54 films. He won the Indian National Film Awards four times Oru vadakkan veeragatha(1989), Kadavu(199) SADAYAM(1992), and Parinayam(1994), which is the most by anyone in the screenplay category.

MT’s famous works given below.


NAALUKETTU (1958, The Legacy)
PATHIRAVUM PAKALVELICHAVUM(1958, Midnight and Daylight)
ARABIPONNU (1960, The Gold of Arabia; written with N.P.MUHAMED)
ASURAVITHU (1962, The Demon Seed)
MANJU (1964, Mist)
KAALAM (1969, Time)
VILAAPAYATHRA(1978, The Funeral Procession)
RANDAMOOZHAM (1984, The Second Turn)
Short story collections

VEYILUM NILAAVUM (1954, Sunlight and Moonlight)
VEDANAYUDE POOKKAL (1955, Flowers of Sorrow)
NINTE ORMAYKKU (1956, In your memory)
OLAVUM THEERAVUM(1957, Ripple and Shore)
IRUTTINTE AATHMAAVU (1957, The Soul of the Darkness)
KUTTYEDATHI(1959  Kutti, the elder sister)
NASHTAPETTA DINANGAL (1960, The lost Days)
BANDHANAM (1963, The Binding)
KALIVEEDU(1966, Playhouse)
PATHANAM(1966, The Fall)
VARIKUZHI(1967, The Trap)
ABHAYAM THEDI VEENDUM (1978,Looking for a shelter, again)
SWARGAM THURAKKUNNA SAMAYAM (1980, When the Heaven’s Gates
VANAPRASTHAM(1992, Into the Forest) SHERLECK(1997)
·         KILIVATHILILOODE(1992)
·         RAMANEEYAM ORU KAALAM (1998)
·         AMMAYKKU
Children’s literature
·         MANIKYAKALLU(1957)
·         DAYA ENNA PENKUTTY(1987)
·         THANTHRAKKARI (1999)

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