October 4th, 2011
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K Satchidanandan, contender for Nobel prize

sachithanandanKochi:Malayalam’s leading poet K Satchidanandan has been named as a contender for Nobel prize in Literature. The previous contender from Kerala was Kamala Das. After 27 years it is yet again a proud moment for all Keralites and Indians.

Online betting site has tipped Syrian poet Adonis as the top contender and Satchidanandan’s name appears 18th in the list with an odd of 1 against 33. Indian poet Rajendra Bhandari who writes in Nepali has also been named as one of the contenders along with Rajasthani writer Vijaydan Detha Mahaswetha Devi.

K. Satchidanandan is a major Indian poet and critic who writes both in Malayalam and English.  He is an established academician, editor, translator and playwright. He was also the editor of Indian Literature, the journal of the Sahithya Akademi(India’s National Academy of Literature) and the executive head of the Sahithya Academy for a decade (1996–2006). He has to his credit 22 collections of poetry besides many selections, 16 collections of translations of poetry and 19 collections of essays on literature, language and society-three of them in English- besides four plays and three travel narratives.

K Satchidanandan was one of the pioneers of modern poetry in Malayalam and is well known for the subtle and nuanced articulations of socio-political contexts in his poetry.


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