Plakkiyil Chacko Devassia

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Plakkiyil Chacko Devassia

Born: 24 March 1906

Died: 10 October 2006

  • He, often known as Mahakavi P. C. Devassia was a Sanskrit scholar and poet from Kerala, India.
  • In 1980 he won the Sahitya Akademi Award for Sanskrit for his Mahakavyam (an epic poem ) Kristubhagavatam.
  • He has also received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for his overall contributions to Malayalam literature.
  • He learned the basics of Sanskrit in the traditional way from Sri. Mathu Asan of Olesha; Kavyas and Natakas from the celebrated scholar Sri.Panthalam Krishna Warrier; Vedas, Upanishads, Champus, Dharma Sutras from Vidyabhooshana Sri.
  • Venkitarama Sharma of Trivandrum; and Vyakarana from Vyakarana bhooshana Sri.Rama Poduval of Trichur.
  • Lecturer in Malayalam at St. Thomas College, Trichur(1931-1945);Senior Lecturer in Oriental Languages at S.H.College, Thevara(1945-1958); Professor of Malayalam at Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum (1958-1966); On retirement in 1966, Devassia received Fellowship from U.G.C. under which he prepared a complete translation into Malayalam of Somadeva’s Sanskrit epic Katha sarit sagaram.

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