Dr. K. Satchidanandan

Dr. K.Satchidanandan is a poet of national and international repute writing in Malayalam. He has a doctorate in post-Structuralist poetics and was Professor of English at Christ College, University of Calicut, Kerala, editor of Indian Literature, the journal of the Sahitya Akademi(The National Academy of Letters) and later the Chief Executive of the Akademi. He then worked as a Language Policy Consultant for the Govt of India and has also been associated with Katha, Delhi. He retired from Indira Gandhi National Open University in 2011. He is also on the Project Advisory Board of Indian Literature Abroad, a Govt. of India Initiative.

He has 21 collections of poetry in Malayalam besides 16 collections of world poetry in translation and 23 collections of critical essays and interviews besides four collections of essays in English. He has edited several anthologies of poetry and prose in Malayalam, English and Hindi. He has 27 collections of his poems in translation in 17 languages. He has won 21 awards for his literary contribution including Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award,( Kolkata), Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (4 times), Beharain Keraleeya Samajam Award, Oman Cultural Centre Award, Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan Award, (Kuwait), besides Sahityasree from the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Delhi, Senior Fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India, Sreekant Verma Fellowship from the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the K.K.Birla Fellowship for Comparative Literature. Many of his books of poetry and criticism have been textbooks in Universities. He won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2012. A film on him, Summer Rain was released in 2007.

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