Born: 3 June 1901
Died: 2 February 1978
- He better known as Mahakavi G (The Great Poet G), was an Indian poet, essayist and literary critic of Malayalam literature.
- Known as one of the greats of Malayalam poetry, he was the first recipient of the Jnanpith Award, the highest Indian literary honor.
- He served as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha from 1968 to 1972 and received the Padma Bhushan, the third highest Indian civilian award, in 1967.
- He was also a recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award and Soviet Land Nehru Award.
- He received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry in 1961 for his anthology, Viswadarshanam.
- The Central Sahitya Akademi honored him with their annual award for poetry in 1963.
- He was the first winner of the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary award, when the award was instituted in 1965.
- He received the prize for his anthology, Odakkuzhal (The Bamboo Flute) which was published in 1950;
- He set apart a part of the prize money to establish Odakkuzhal Award in 1968 and the work was later translated into Hindi, titled, Bansuri.
- In 1967, he received the Soviet Land Nehru Award and a year later, the Government of India awarded him he third highest civilian honor of the Padma Bhushan.
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