Subhash Chandran is one among the prominent literary figures of Malayalam. His debutante novel, ‘Manushyanu Oru Amukham’ won him the coveted literary prize. The novel, which narrates the socio-political changes that Kerala underwent in 100 years, won Kerala Sahithya Academy award, Odakkuzhal award, Kendra Sahithya Academy Award and now received this year’s Vayalar Ramavarma Literary Award.
The award is to be presented to him on October 27, the death anniversary of the late poet-lyricist Vayalar Ramavarma.
“Poonthurayil arayante ponnarayathi
Subhash Chandran has written these lines of a Vayalar song, in his book. The song, he used when the sister of Jithendran, the central character of his novel, recollects her childhood memories. The novel is set in Thachanakkara, a fictitious village in central Kerala and has the central character named Jithendran.
“Vayalar is my favorite poet. I think, Vayalar is the favorite for many. The mesmerising allurement of the lyrics of Vayalar Ramavarma is attractive for everybody. I am indeed happy to receive an award in the name of that poet to whom I have immense admiration. I think, because of this award, my book will get more readers”.
This is a novel about the futility of life, one which is an outstanding work in terms of its characterisation and treatment. This is one of the finest works of fiction in Malayalam over the past two decades. Subhash Chandran’s award winning novel that got him the award had earlier been serialised in a weekly brought out by a leading media house. It was also a big hit on its publication in book form in 2010.
“The new generation are not much aware of our heritage, culture etc. It is a bitter fact. That prompted me to write this novel. I tried to say about the emotional life of Malayali’s covering 100 years. Sree Narayana Guru is not a character in this novel. But his presence can be seen in one or two chapters. Everybody wishes to become a doctor or an engineer.
“Nobody wishes to learn or to know about history. The great leaders like Guru has said many great things. But nobody, even his community, not giving much importance to this. I have indeed pleasure to present this type of a novel in this current situation”. Subhash Chandran explains his literary venture.
“Don’t consider Guru as a leader of a particular caste. His ideas are applicable to every caste or religion. The society’s fault is that, it considers Guru as a philosopher of a particular caste, Ezhava. All have an equal role in this discrimination irrespective of upper and lower castes”. Subhash says.
Manushyanu Oru Aamukham, is a novel touching two generations. The novel depicts a social, cultural and historical picture of Ernakulam district. A discussion about social change also is underscored in it. This novel is the output of hard work, dedication and determination of Subhash for about 10 years.
His works include short story collections titled, ‘Ghadikarangal Nilaykunna samayam’, ‘Parudeesa Nashtam’, ‘Thalpam’, ‘Bloody Mary’ and ‘Vihitham’. ‘Madhyeyingane’, ‘Kanunna Nerath’ and ‘Das Kapital’ are his memoirs.
He was born in 1972 at Kadungallor, a real bucolic setting near Alwaye which forms the plot of his first novel Manushyanu Oru Aamukham. His parents are Chandrashekharan Pillai and Ponnamma. His wife is jayashree. The couple has two kids, Sethuparvathy and Sethulakshmi. Subhash Chandran spent his salad days as a student at the St. Alberts College, Maharajas College, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan and Law College.
Being a First Rank Post Graduate in Malayalam Literature, from Maharajas College, Ernakulam where he studied with Scholorship from MG University, he joined the Law College to pursue studies there, but discontinued to accept the job as a Proof Reader in Mathrubhumi Daily. He has worked as a Casual Announcer in Akasha Vani and also as a Lecturer in a Parallel College. Currently, he is working as Chief Sub Editor in Mathrubhumi, Calicut.
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