Friday, February 24, 2006

M. Krishnan Nair

... passes away.

    Nair's weekly Malayalam column 'Sahithya Varaphalam', which is carried by leading weeklies, has been the most widely read column in the language for the last 35 years. Nair earned friends and foes and often created storm in literary circles with his pungent comments, brief but incisive analysis and sharp observations in his column.

    'Sahithya Varaphalam' first appeared in the now-defunct 'Malayala Nadu' weekly, later in 'Kalakaumudi' and now in 'Samakalika Malayalam' weekly. An authority on world literature, he introduced to the common reader masterpieces in English, European languages and also Latin American and Japanese literature. As a reviewer judging literary works, he never went by the reputation of the writer but by the true value of the piece under judgment.



At 5:07 AM, Blogger Jay said...

Its true that no one has infulenced the malayalee intelligentsia like Krishnan Nair. I came across his column a couple of years back and when the collected works was published, I just went out and grabbed it!

I should add that he was also a keen observer and commentator on marital relationships - often given as vignettes in his column.

At 6:31 AM, Anonymous niyas pandikkad said...

We malayalis missed him. It is a real lost. I think he was the most powerful critic on contemperory malayalam literature. I always lost myself under his spell. I think he was a literary policeman in its true sense. I could only amuse at his knowledge of world literature. I am afraid no one can substitute him in the near future or never.

At 7:35 AM, Blogger SJ Nair said...

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At 1:36 PM, Blogger Rithesh said...

Thanks for the comments/homage you paid; its really heartening to read everyone's comments on the site. I can tell you personally too he was a great man.....
Thanks Again
Rithesh Nair

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At 5:35 AM, Anonymous max martin said...

i have read a lot about Nair. perhaps he is one of the best columnist of his time.

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