D. Vinayachandran

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Born(1946-05-13)13 May 1946
West Kallada, Kollam, Kerala, India
Died11 February 2013(2013-02-11) (aged 66)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Occupation Poet, teacher
Language Malayalam
Nationality Indian
Notable worksNarakam Oru Premakavitha Ezhuthunnu

D. Vinayachandran (13 May 1946 – 11 February 2013) [1] was an Indian Malayalam poet. He is one of the proponents of modern style of prose in Malayalam poetry.[ clarification needed ] He was born in West Kallada, Kollam district and has worked as a Malayalam professor in various colleges for more than thirty years.He had his early education in schools in and around kallada. After completing his masters in Malayalam Literature from Government Sanskrit College,Pattambi,he entered the collegiate education service as a lecture and worked in various government colleges across Kerala. He joined the faculty of Mahatma Gandhi University,Kottayam,in 1991 and retired from University's School of Letters in 2006.

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Vinayachandran was born on 13 May 1946 at Padinjare kallada in Kollam district. The poet, a Physics graduate, is also a first rank holder of post graduate Malayalam literature. Later he took up teaching and taught Malayalam literature in various government colleges across the state and at the School of Letters at MG University in Kottayam. Although he had retired in 2004, he continued to teach at the school for another year as a visiting faculty. [2]

Kollam district District in Kerala, India

Kollam district is one of 14 districts of the state of Kerala, India. The district has a cross-section of Kerala's natural attributes; it is endowed with a long coastline, a major Laccadive Sea seaport and an inland lake. The district has many waterbodies. Kallada river is one among them, and the east side land of river is EastKallada and the west side land is WestKallada. Kallada Boat race is one among the famous festival events of district. Even though it is a competition between two land sides of the river, many boat clubs from various place,s even beyond the district participate in the event. Kollam is the capital of Kerala's cashew industry. Plains, mountains, lakes, lagoons and backwaters, forests, farmland and rivers make up the topography of the district. The area had trading relationships with Phoenicia and Ancient Rome.

Malayalam literature comprises those literary texts written in Malayalam, a South-Dravidian language spoken in the Indian state of Kerala.

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

Mahatma Gandhi University is an Indian collegiate public university based in Kerala. It was established on Gandhi Jayanti day, 2 October 1983 in the Kottayam district of Kerala state. Mahatma Gandhi University, has been approved by UGC and accredited (A) by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India. The university has around 300 affiliated colleges spread over five districts in central Kerala.

Vinayachandran broke into the world of poetry, captivated by the sights of coastal Kollam, his native town. He started writing when Malayalam literature was entering the era of modernity. But his work stood out for its fusion of tradition and modernity, as a medium for powerfully conveying to the reader intense emotions and experiences that dominate the inner self. Though he trod the modern path in choice of themes and narrative techniques, his poems are known for their folk touch and musical quality. Nature was very much the central theme of his poems. He had an enduring love of forests, lakes and nature in general. [3] One of his better known works was Narakam Oru Premakathayezhuthunnu (A Love Story Titled Hell). Veettilekkulla Vazhi, Samsatha Keralam PO, Disa Soochi are some of the poems that brought him rave reviews and cemented his position as a pioneer in prose poetry in Malayalam. Vinayachandran, who has several collections to his credit, won many laurels and awards namely the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992, Changampuzha Award,Pandalam Kerala Varma Kavitha Award(2008), Asan Smaraka Kavita Puraskaram among others.

Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award is given each year, since 1958, by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, to Malayalam writers for their outstanding books of literary merit. The awards are given in various categories. The list of writers who have won the award is given below.

Vinayachandran died on 11 February 2013 at the age of 66 in a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. Vinayachandran, who was suffering from various ailments for the last few months, was admitted to a private hospital two days back by his friends, who found him in a weak condition in his residence, complaining of respiratory trouble and uneasiness. [4] [5] [6] He was unmarried.

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