Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
, popularly known as Kakkanadan, was a famous Malayalam author with significant literary achievements. He was born on April 17; 1912, in Kerala, India's Alappuzha district, in the village of Thakazhi. Before devoting himself entirely to literature, Kakkanadan worked as a journalist and later as a teacher. In 1946, he released "Smarakasilakal," his debut short story, which went on to win the famous Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1952. Some of his notable literary works include "Kayar" (Coir), "Dharmapuranam" (The Saga of Dharmapuri), "Daivathinte Vikrithikal" (The Sins of God), and "Ammayum Monum" (Mother and Son). Kakkanadan's works were known for their vivid portrayal of human emotions, nuanced characterizations, and his use of local dialects and imagery.
He is laying the foundation of modernism in Malayalam literature. Kakkanadan died on October 19; 2011, aged 76, at Bishop Benziger's hospital in Kollam. He had cancer for a few years. Kakkanadan's significant novels are Sakshi (1967), Ezham Mudra (1968), Vasoori (1968), Ushnamekhala (1969), Kozhi (1971), Parankimala (1971), Ajnathayude Thaazhvara (1972), Innaleyude Nizhal (1974), Adiyaravu (1975), Orotha (1982), Ee Naaykkalute Lokam (1983) and Barsaathi (1986). His most noted short story collections are Yuddhaavasaanam (1969), Purathekkulla Vazhi (1970), Aswathamaavinte Chiri (1979), Sreechakram (1981), Alwar Thirunagarile Pannikal (1989), Uchayillaatha Oru Divasam (1989) and Jaappaana Pukayila (2005).