Thottathimyalil Mathew Abraham (TM Abraham), born in Thodupuzha at Neyyassery village, Idukki District of Kerala, is the director of Indian theater and playwright. He was a Christian by birth, and his father’s name was Joseph Mathew Thottathimyalil and mother’s name was Aleykutty Mathew. They were 11 children, and TM Abraham was second among them. He completed his schooling from St. Sebastian School at Neyyasery and completed his graduation from Kerala University. He has also done diploma in public relations.
When he was of 21, he joined FACT (Fertilizers And Chemicals Travancore Ltd). He joined as a chemist there and did his work with utter dedication. When he was about to retire in the year 2004, he was a Public Relations Manager. Being a chemist was his profession, but his passion was literature. Literature is an art of saying something extraordinary with ordinary words. From the years 1995 to 1998, he was the member of the Kerala Kalamandalam (it is a deemed University of Arts and Literature and a major center for learning performing arts) and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi (Academy of Malayalam literature which promotes the Malayalam language). He soaked himself completely into literature by being the Secretary of the Indian Society of Authors from the year 2002 to the year 2004. He felt the pride to be the executive member of the prestigious Samasta Kerala Sahitya Parishad. Later on, he went to be a part of a drama group which was based in Kochi and then became the secretary of the group (Cochin Theatre Group). There is Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, located in Thrissur city of Kerala, which aims to foster the Kerala music, dance, and drama. This academy appointed TM Abraham as its Vice Chairman. This single handled all these positions very efficiently and did complete justice with his work. He is a very talented person and has made a lot of contribution to Indian literature.
He has published around 14 Malayalam books in different categories including: the monograph, poems, translations, etc. One of his famous plays is Rakhtabali, which was translated into Bengali language and in the year 2000, it got published in the Bengali Theater Journal ‘Shoodrak’. The other skit, Nashtapetta Chirakukal, was translated into language Hindi. His various other novels, dramas, plays included Perunthachan (it is a folklore of Kerala referring to ancient carpenters), Athbuthanganam, Pravukal Ippo Karayunnila, Kerri Murcia Kannur, Ulpatthi (Malayalam novel), Shantigiri, Theatre Games Kuttikalkku, etc.
All these works of him are appreciated by everyone thoroughly. His various translations included Jesus CEO (Malayalam translation of Jesus CEO by Laurie Beth Jones), Caligula (translation of Albert Campus’s play into Malayalam), Vadhu(Kannada play translated into Malayalam), etc. All these works gave him recognition and appreciation as well. The list of his awards his endless. He received first prize in the Professional Drama Competition of Kerala for the play Aham Aham, received Sangeeta Nataka Akademi award for the best playwright, Senior Fellowship by the cultural department under the government in the year 2004, etc. Even until today, his works are read and seen all over the world.