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Sankaran Kutty Pottekkatt (14 March 1913 – 6 August 1982), popularly known as S. K. Pottekkatt, is a famous Malayalam
writer from Kerala state, South India. He is the author of nearly sixty books which include ten novels, twenty-four collections of short stories, three anthologies of poems, eighteen travelogues, four plays, a collection of essays and a couple of books based on personal reminiscences. Pottekkatt won the Kerala
Sahitya Academy award of 1961 for the novel Oru Theruvinte Katha
Oru Theruvinte Katha
(The Story of a Street)[1] and the Jnanpith
Award in 1980 for the novel Oru Desathinte Katha (The Story of a Locale), which was made into an award-winning film.[2] His works have been translated into English, Italian, Russian, German and Czech, besides all major Indian languages.


1 Biography 2 Literary career and travels 3 Awards and honours 4 Bibliography

4.1 Novels 4.2 Short stories 4.3 Travelogues 4.4 Poetry 4.5 Drama 4.6 Others

5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] S. K. Pottekkatt
S. K. Pottekkatt
was born in Kozhikode
as the son of Kunchiraman Pottekkat, an English school teacher. He had his early education at the Hindu School and Zamorin's High School in Kozhikode. He graduated from Zamorine's College, Kozhikode
in 1934. He did not find an employment for three years following his graduation and devoted his time to the study of Indian and Western classics. From 1937 to 1939, he worked as a teacher at Calicut
Gujarati School. He quit the job to attend the Tripura Congrress in 1939. He then went to Bombay
(now Mumbai) and took up several jobs only to develop an aversion for any white-collared jobs. He returned to Kerala
in 1945. In 1952, he married Ms. Jayavalli and settled down at Puthiyara in Calicut. Pottekkatt had four children- two sons and two daughters. Pottekatt's wife died in 1980 after which his condition too deteriorated. He was hospitalised in July 1982 following a paralytic stroke. He died on 6 August 1982. He was in the works of North Avenue, a novel describing his experiences in Delhi
as a member of the Indian Parliament (1962–1967) but the novel could not be completed. Literary career and travels[edit]

the Pottekkatt made his mark in literature with a few short stories in the 1930s. His first story "Rajaneethi" was published in the Zamorin's College magazine in 1928. Makane Konna Madyam (poem published in Athmavidya Kahalam) and Hindu Muslim Maithri (story published in Deepam) were some of his notable early works. The story "Vydyutha Shakthi" came in the February 1934 issue of Mathrubhumi Illustrated Weekly. Many of his early short stories were published by the weekly. By the 40s, he had established himself as a leading writer of fiction in Malayalam. The trip to Bombay
is described in his travelogue and memoir Ente Vazhiyambalangal which also broadened his horizons and was a turning point in his literary life. While in Bombay, he was involved in India's freedom struggle and worked alongside freedom fighters like Mathai Manjooran. Here, Pottekkatt wrote his first novel Naadanpremam (1941), a romantic short novel mainly set in Mukkam, a small village in Kozhikode
district. It was followed by Yavanikakku Pinnil (a collection of short stories) in 1940 and by a second novel Vishakanyaka. The latter received a prize from the Madras government in 1949. In 1945 he travelled to Kashmir
and in 1946 embarked on an eighteen-month tour to Africa and Europe. This resulted in the publication of Kappirikalude Naattil (In the Land of the Negroes) and Innathe Europe (Europe Today). In 1952, Pottekkatt travelled to Ceylon, Malaysia and Indonesia. Five years later he visited Finland, Czechoslovakia and Russia. Pottekkatt was a writer of strong social commitmment and ideals, possessing an individualistic vision. He was not interested in purely symbolic or allegorical mode of writing as practised by Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka
or D. H. Lawrence. He was adept in weaving plots of chilling suspense akin to the writings of Alexandre Dumas, père
Alexandre Dumas, père
and O. Henry. Pottekkatt's stories are characterised by a plot that carries an element of surprise, a few suggestive incidences that heighten its dramatic quality and a style that easily mediates between realism and lyricism. The plot is characterised by an Aristotelian peripeteia (a sudden reversal of situation) or an O. Henry
O. Henry
twist. Love is also a dominant motif in several of his stories. This usually takes the form of betrayal of women or the capricious nature of man. At times it is the tragedy wrought by fate itself. These can be seen in "Pulliman" ("The Spotted Deer"), "Sthree" ("Woman"), and "Vadhu" ("Bride"). Pottekkatt has been translated into English, Italian, Russian, German and Czech, besides all major Indian languages. An Italian anthology of The Best Short Stories of the World published from Milan in 1971 included his "Braanthan Naaya" ("Mad Dog"). A collection of eleven of his short stories in Russian had a sensational sales of one hundred thousand copies in two weeks. Besides his extensive travels and literary works, Pottekkatt also dabbled in politics. In 1957, he contested the parliamentary election from Tellicherry
but lost by 1000 votes. In 1962, he won the parliamentary election from the same constituency with a majority of 66,000 votes against his fellow littérateur Sukumar Azhikode. Awards and honours[edit] Oru Theruvinte Katha
Oru Theruvinte Katha
(The Story of a Street), written based on the story of Mittai Theruvu (S. M. Street) in Kozhikode, won the Kerala Sahithya Academy Award. His biographical novel Oru Desattinte Katha won the Kerala
Sahithya Academy Award in 1972, the Kendra Sahithya Academy Award in 1977, and the Jnanpith Award
Jnanpith Award
in 1980.[3] An honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) was bestowed on him by University of Calicut
on 25 March 1982.[4] Bibliography[edit] Novels[edit]

1937– Vallikadevi 1941– Naadan Premam 1945– Prema Shiksha 1948– Mootupatam 1948– Vishakanyaka 1959– Karambu 1960– Oru Theruvinte Katha 1971– Oru Desathinte Katha 1974– Kurumulaku 1979– Kabeena North Avenue (Uncompleted)

Short stories[edit]

1944– Chandrakaantham 1944– Manimaalika 1945– Rajamalli 1945– Nisshagandhi 1945– Pulliman 1945– Meghamala 1946– Jalatharangam 1946– Vijayanthi 1947– Pournami 1947– Padmaagam 1947– Indraneelam 1948– Himavahini 1949– Prethabhoomi 1949– Rangamandapam 1952– Yavanikkaku Pinnil 1954– Kallipookkal 1954– Vanakaumudhi 1955– Kanakaambaram 1960– Antharvahini 1962– Ezhilampala 1967– Theranjedutha Kathakal 1968– Vrindaavanam 1970– Kaattuchempakam 1971– "Braandhan naaya"


1947– Kashmir 1949– Yathra Smaranakal (Memories of a Journey) 1951– Kappirikalude Nattil (In The Land of Negroes) 1954– Simhabhoomi 1954– Nile Diary (Egypt Journey) 1954– Malaya Natukalil 1955– Innathe Europe (Today's Europe) 1955– Indonesian Diary 1955– Soviet Diary 1956– Paathira Sooryante Naatil 1958– Balidweep 1960– Bohemian Chithrangal 1967– Himaalyan Saamrajyathil(In the kingdom of himalayas) 1969– Nepal Yathra (A Journey to Nepal) 1970– London Notebook 1974– Cairo Kathukal 1977– Cleopatrayude Naattil (In the Land of Cleopatra) 1976– Africa 1977– Europe 1977– Asia

(The last three volumes are a compilation of previous works) Poetry[edit]

1936– Prabhaatha Kanthi 1947– Sanchaariyude Geethangal 1948– Premashilpi


1943– Achan 1948– Achanum Makanum (Included in Himavahini) 1954– Althara (A Radio play included in Vanakaumudi) 1954– Theerandi Otunnu (A radio play included in Kallipookkal)


1947– Ponthakkadukal (Essays written under the name Arunan) 1949– Gadyamekhala 1975– Ente Vazhiyambalangal (Memoirs) 1981– Samsaarikkunna Diarykurrippukal (Diary) 2013– Paryadanam (Diary)


^ " Kerala
Sahitya Academy- Awards". Retrieved 28 June 2012.  ^ " Jnanpith
Laureates Official listings". Jnanpith
Website. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007.  ^ Jnanpith Award
Jnanpith Award
winners in Malayalam ^ "Honorary degree by Calicut
University" (PDF). 

External links[edit]

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Interview with Pottekkatt from Mathrubhumi Madhyamam Weekly special issue on the birth centenary of S. K. Pottekkatt Malayala Manorama special issue on the birth centenary of S. K. Pottekkatt Excerpts from S. K. Pottekkatt's diaries Ambikasuthan Mangad. Review of the famous story "Pulliman". Madhyamam Weekly.

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Jnanpith Award
Jnanpith Award


G. Sankara Kurup
G. Sankara Kurup
(1965) Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay
Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay
(1966) Kuvempu
and Umashankar Joshi
Umashankar Joshi
(1967) Sumitranandan Pant (1968) Firaq Gorakhpuri
Firaq Gorakhpuri
(1969) Viswanatha Satyanarayana
Viswanatha Satyanarayana
(1970) Bishnu Dey (1971) Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
(1972) D. R. Bendre
D. R. Bendre
and Gopinath Mohanty
Gopinath Mohanty
(1973) Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar (1974) Akilan (1975) Ashapoorna Devi (1976) K. Shivaram Karanth
K. Shivaram Karanth
(1977) Sachchidananda Vatsyayan (1978) Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya (1979) S. K. Pottekkatt
S. K. Pottekkatt
(1980) Amrita Pritam (1981) Mahadevi Varma
Mahadevi Varma
(1982) Masti Venkatesha Iyengar
Masti Venkatesha Iyengar
(1983) Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
(1984) Pannalal Patel
Pannalal Patel


Sachidananda Routray (1986) Kusumagraj
(1987) C. Narayana Reddy
C. Narayana Reddy
(1988) Qurratulain Hyder
Qurratulain Hyder
(1989) Vinayaka Krishna Gokak
Vinayaka Krishna Gokak
(1990) Subhas Mukhopadhyay (1991) Naresh Mehta (1992) Sitakant Mahapatra
Sitakant Mahapatra
(1993) U. R. Ananthamurthy
U. R. Ananthamurthy
(1994) M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1995) Mahasweta Devi
Mahasweta Devi
(1996) Ali Sardar Jafri (1997) Girish Karnad
Girish Karnad
(1998) Gurdial Singh and Nirmal Verma (1999) Mamoni Raisom Goswami
Mamoni Raisom Goswami


Rajendra Shah
Rajendra Shah
(2001) Jayakanthan
(2002) Vinda Karandikar (2003) Rehman Rahi (2004) Kunwar Narayan (2005) Ravindra Kelekar
Ravindra Kelekar
and Satya Vrat Shastri
Satya Vrat Shastri
(2006) O. N. V. Kurup
O. N. V. Kurup
(2007) Akhlaq Mohammed Khan (2008) Amarkant
and Sri Lal Sukla (2009) Chandrashekhara Kambara
Chandrashekhara Kambara
(2010) Pratibha Ray
Pratibha Ray
(2011) Ravuri Bharadhwaja (2012) Kedarnath Singh (2013) Bhalchandra Nemade (2014) Raghuveer Chaudhari
Raghuveer Chaudhari
(2015) Shankha Ghosh
Shankha Ghosh
(2016) Krishna Sobti
Krishna Sobti

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Sahitya Akademi Award
Sahitya Akademi Award
for Malayalam


R. Narayana Panikkar (1955) Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
(1957) K. P. Kesava Menon
K. P. Kesava Menon
(1958) Uroob
(1960) G. Sankara Kurup
G. Sankara Kurup
(1963) P. Kesavadev
P. Kesavadev
(1964) Balamani Amma
Balamani Amma
(1965) Kuttikrishna Marar
Kuttikrishna Marar
(1966) P. Kunhiraman Nair
P. Kunhiraman Nair
(1967) Edasseri Govindan Nair
Edasseri Govindan Nair
(1969) M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1970) Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon
Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon
(1971) S. K. Pottekkatt
S. K. Pottekkatt
(1972) Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri
Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri
(1973) Vennikkulam Gopala Kurup
Vennikkulam Gopala Kurup
(1974) O. N. V. Kurup
O. N. V. Kurup


(1976) Lalithambika Antharjanam
Lalithambika Antharjanam
(1977) Sugathakumari
(1978) N. V. Krishna Warrier
N. V. Krishna Warrier
(1979) Punathil Kunjabdulla
Punathil Kunjabdulla
(1980) Vilasini (1981) V. K. N.
V. K. N.
(1982) S. Guptan Nair
S. Guptan Nair
(1983) Ayyappa Paniker
Ayyappa Paniker
(1984) Sukumar Azhikode
Sukumar Azhikode
(1985) M. Leelavathy
M. Leelavathy
(1986) N. Krishna Pillai
N. Krishna Pillai
(1987) C. Radhakrishnan
C. Radhakrishnan
(1988) Olappamanna
(1989) O. V. Vijayan
O. V. Vijayan
(1990) M. P. Sankunni Nair
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(1991) M. Mukundan
M. Mukundan
(1992) N. P. Mohammed
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(1993) Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri
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(1994) Thikkodiyan
(1995) T. Padmanabhan
T. Padmanabhan
(1996) Anand (1997) Kovilan
(1998) C. V. Sreeraman
C. V. Sreeraman
(1999) R. Ramachandran
R. Ramachandran


Attoor Ravi Varma
Attoor Ravi Varma
(2001) K. G. Sankara Pillai
K. G. Sankara Pillai
(2002) Sara Joseph (2003) Zacharia (2004) Kakkanadan
(2005) M. Sukumaran
M. Sukumaran
(2006) Sethu (2007) K. P. Appan
K. P. Appan
(2008) U. A. Khader
U. A. Khader
(2009) M. P. Veerendra Kumar
M. P. Veerendra Kumar
(2010) M. K. Sanu
M. K. Sanu
(2011) K. Satchidanandan
K. Satchidanandan
(2012) M. N. Paloor
M. N. Paloor
(2013) Subhash Chandran
Subhash Chandran
(2014) K. R. Meera
K. R. Meera
(2015) Prabha Varma
Prabha Varma

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Sahitya Akademi Award
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Sahitya Akademi Award
Sahitya Akademi Award
for Humour Kerala
Sahitya Akademi Award
Sahitya Akademi Award
for Literary Criticism Kerala
Sahitya Akademi Award
Sahitya Akademi Award
for Miscellaneous Works Kerala
Sahitya Akademi Award
Sahitya Akademi Award
for Novel Kerala
Sahitya Akademi Award
Sahitya Akademi Award
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Sahitya Akademi Award
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Sahitya Akademi Award
Sahitya Akademi Award
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Sahitya Akademi Award
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Sahitya Akademi Award
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