Karur Neelakanta Pillai

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Karoor Neelakanta Pilla
Born (1898-02-22)22 February 1898
Died 30 September 1975(1975-09-30) (aged 77)
Pen name Karoor
Occupation Short story,
Nationality  India
Genre Short story
Subject Social
Notable awards Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award

Karoor, Neelakanta Pillai(Malayalam: കാരൂർ നീലകണ്ഠപ്പിള്ള) (1898–1975) was a Malayalam short story writer and one of the founders of Sahithya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sangham (Writers' Co-operative Society). Karoor was born on 22 February 1898, in the village of Ettumanoor, in Kottayam district, Kerala, to Kunhilekshmy Amma and Neelakanta Pillai. Karoor is his housename. He began his career as a school teacher. He is considered one of the best short storytellers of the Malayalam language.

Karoor was born on 22 February 1898 in the village of Ettumanoor in Kottayam district, Kerala, to Kunhilekshmy Amma and Neelakanta Pillai. Karoor is his housename. He began his career as a school teacher.[1] He and Vaikom Muhammad Basheer are considered to be the preeminent storytellers in Malayalam literature.[2]

His short stories often portray the plight of the middle class in a simple and straightforward manner.[3] Many of his stories were translated into other Indian languages and English. The short story "Anakkaran" (The Elephant Boy) was translated into English by Santa Ramesvara Rao.[4] He wrote many stories for children. His story "Anchu Kadalasu" was filmed. In 1960, he received the Kerala Sahithya Academi Award.

He died in 1975.

Major works

Some of his notable short stories are:

  • Marappavakal (Wooden Dolls)
  • Pathu Kadhakal (Ten Stories)
  • Thiranjedutha Kadhakal (Selected Stories)
  • Rahasyam (Secret)
  • Ambalapparambil (Temple Courtyard)
  • Poovanpazham, Orupidimannu (A fist full of earth)
  • Meenkari (Fisher woman)
  • Smarakom, Thoopukaran (Sweeper)
  • Kochanujathi (Little sister)
  • Astrologer
  • Gruhanayika (Lady of the house)

His most famous novels are Gauri, Hari and Panjiyum Thuniyum.

Appoopan (Grandfather) is his sole drama.

He has written several stories for children, including:

  • Anchu Kadalasu (5 papers )
  • Enne Rajavakkanam (Make me King)
  • Aanakaran (The Mahout)
  • Azhakanum Poovaliyum
  • Olayum Narayavum
  • Bhruthyan
  • Manmayil


  1. ^ "Karoor Neelakanta Pillai". Nairs.com. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  2. ^ Michigan State University, Asian Studies Center (1980). Journal of South Asian literature.
  3. ^ Indian literature. Sahitya Akademi. 1993.
  4. ^ "A Bibliography of Malayalam literature in English translation". University of Washington Libraries. Retrieved 2009-07-18.

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