G Sankara Kurup
G Sankara Kurup finished his 7th class and started to teach. In those times, completing seventh standard qualified one to teach in primary classes. He was both teaching preparing for Vernacular Higher Exam. After passing the Vernacular Higher Exam, he passed Malayalam’s pandit exam. However his thirst for knowledge never subsided and he passed the Vidwan examination as well. He was a Nationalist and a PakkaPatriot.
G Sankara Kurup was just 16 when he joined as the head master of Kottamathu Convent School and in the later years he served in many schools.
First anthology – ‘Sahitya Kouthukam’ 1923 (includes his poems from 1917 to 1922).
Second part – 1925,
Third part – 1927,
Fourth part – 1930.
One of his works titled ‘Suryakanthi’ published in 1946 with a preface by famous playwright Kainikkara Kumara Pillai is widely regarded as a noted work. ‘Poojapushpam’, ‘Nimisham’, ‘Navathidhi’, ‘Ithalukal’, ‘Pathikante Paattu’, ‘Muthukal’, ‘Anthardaham’, ‘Chenkathirukal’, ‘Odakkuzhal’, ‘Vishwadarshanam’, ‘Madhuram Soumyam Deeptham’, and ‘Sandhya Ragam’ figure among the important works of the poet.
Odakkuzhal earned him the renowned Jnanpith award in 1965 and was translated and published in Hindi as ‘Bansuri’. Kendra Sahitya Academy has published G’s important works in English under the title “Selected Poems”. Many of his poems have been translated to Russian as well.
One of G’s works titled ‘Meghachaya’ is a translation of the Sanskrit poem ‘Meghasandesham’ of Kalidas while ‘Vilasalahari’ is a translation of the Persian poem Rubáiyát by Omar Khayyám. He has also translated the collection of poems ‘Gitanjali’ by renowned poet Rabindhranath Tagore into Malayalam.
Gadhyopaharam, Lekhanamala, Rakkuyilukal are some of the major articles penned by G. He has also contributed immensely in the field of children’s literature. He also served as an editor of a journal of Sahitya Parishad and the later years also saw him publish a periodical titled ‘Thilakam’. ‘Anthivenmukil’, which was published in the magazine Manorajyam was the last poem penned by G.
On February 2, 1978, the litterateur who ushered in a new era and made unsurpassable contribution to Malayalam literature breathed his last.