Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Vaikom Muhammad Basheer

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Vaikom Muhammad Basheer: (21 January 1908 – 5 July 1994) 

Vaikom Muhammad Basheer was a Malayalam fiction writer from the state of Kerala in India. He was a humanist, freedom fighter, novelist and a short story writer. He is noted for his down-to-earth style of writing that made him equally popular among literary critics as well as the common man. He is regarded as one of the most successful and outstanding writers from India. Translations of his works into other languages have won him worldwide acclaim. The story ‘The Snake and the Mirror’ was translated into English. His notable works include Baalyakaalasakhi, Shabdangal, Mathilukal, and Anarga Nimisham. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1982. He is fondly remembered as the Beypore Sultan. - Vaikom Muhammad Basheer (Translated by V.Abdulla)
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Born               : January 21, 1908
                        at Thalayolaparambu, Vaikom
Died                : July 5, 1994 (aged 86)
                        at Beypore, Kozhikode
Occupation    : Novelist, short story writer,
Language       : Malayalam
Nationality    : Indian
Genres           : Novel, Short story
Subjects         : Social aspects
Notable award(s): Padma Shri, Sahitya Akademi Award
Spouse(s)      : Fabi Basheer

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