P. Kesava Pillai

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P. Kesava Pillai

Born: 20 July 1904

Died: 1 July 1983

  • He, better known by his pen-name P. Kesavadev, was a novelist and social reformer of Kerala, India.
  • He is remembered for his speeches, autobiographies, novels, dramas, short stories, and films.
  • Odayil NinnuNadhiBhrandalayamAyalkar (Central Academi Award-winning novel), Ethirppu (autobiography) and Oru Sundariyude Athmakadha are some among his 128 literary works.
  • Kesavadev along with Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai and Vaikom Muhammad Basheer are considered the exponents of progressive Malayalam Literature.
  • He was a prolific writer.
  • He has written about 300 short stories.
  • His stories offer a very wide range and variety in theme and technique and deal with the trivialities of the ordinary people as their themes.
  • Though he is primarily known for his contributions as a Novelist and Short Story Writer, the full-length plays and one-act plays he has written were very popular in those days and attracted huge audiences when enacted in stages.
  • His plays reflect his social criticism.
  • Plays like Pradhanamanthri (Prime Minister) have political undertones and were popular.

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