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Nellikkal Muraleedharan

Dr Nellikkal Muraleedharan
Born T.R Muraleedharan Nair
(1948-12-01) December 1, 1948 (age 65)
Pathanamthitta District, Kerala,
Occupation Poet, Writer and Critic
Years active 1977–2010 (Poet)

Dr. Nellickal Muraleedharan (Malayalam: നെല്ലിക്കല്‍ മുരളീധരന്‍) (1948–2010) was a noted writer and poet in Malayalam. Dr. Nellickal had received the Kerala Sahitya Academi award in the `poetry' section for his collection, Nellickal Muraleedharante Kavithakal in 2004. He died on 25 April 2010.

He had been selected for the Edassery Memorial award in 1985 for his book Purappad. He also received various other awards like the S.B.T award for 'Paandi', Poonthanam award for poetry, K.C Chacko Award etc. He had the rare honour of having a book published during his lifetime with studies of his poems by noted Malayalam authors and poets like O.N.V Kurup.

Personal life

He was born in a village called Nellickal in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala State on 2 December 1948. His official name was Dr. T.R Muraleedharan Nair. He was the eldest son of late T. Raghavan Pillai and late P.P Thankamma. He did his schooling from various schools in Pathanamthitta and showed spark of talent in Malayalam from his childhood days. He had written many poems about river Pamba since he spent his childhood days playing on the shores of Pampa. He had also expressed his attachment to his parents through his poems. He was married to Sukhada Devi K., a retired school Principal. They have three daughters Smrithi, Surabhi and Sarangi.


He had completed Master of Arts [M.A] in Malayalam from Mahatma Gandhi University and worked as a Lecturer in various colleges since 1977. He took a Doctorate (Ph.D) in 1991 and was a Research guide since then. He later joined Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University, Kalady as a Professor in Malayalam and continued his service there till he retired on 30th April 2009 as the Head of the Department of Malayalam department.

Life as a Poet and Writer

Nellickal Muraleedharan was noticed for his modern poems and was recognised in the world of Malayalam Poetry from the early '80s. His poem 'Veedu' [House] had brought him various appreciations from noted poets of that time. He received his first award 'Edassery Award' in 1985 for the book, "Purappad" which was a collection of his various poems. He had published various books since then, some of the noted ones are Viroopante Pattu, 76; Atmapuranum, 86; Purappad, 85; Kilivathil, 88; Baligatha, 91; Chitha Kadakunna Pakshikal, 92; Bodhisatvante Jenmangal, 94 (All Poetry); Nagarapuranum, 81 (novel); Sahitya Sabdakaram, 93 (Dictionary of literary terms), Nellickal Muraleedharante Kavithaakal, Nellickal Muraleedharante Kavithaakal - Volume 2, Veedu, Keralathile Jaathivyavstha, Aranmula Vallamkali, Vishwasaahithya darshanangal. He received a number of awards for his book Sahitya Sabdakaram' which is also a reference book for all Malayalam M.A students. His collection of Poems Nellickal Muraleedharante Kavithaakal [Poems of Nellickal Muraleedharan] fetched him the Kerala Saahitya Academy Award for the best Poet in Kerala in the year 2004. He also bagged a number of other awards like 'State Bank of Travancore Award', 'K.C Chacko Award', 'Poonthanam Award' for various books. He wrote some Plays, 'Poocha Sanyasi' being the most noted one among them. It was a musical and was directed and aired by Doordarshan [Malayalam]. His selected poems Veedu was also published with a music CD containing 8 of his most noted Poems. He was one of the most noted modern day poets in Malayalam.

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Malayalam Poet, M.A. (in Malaylam); Ph.D Born:1-12-1948, Nellickal, Pathanamthitta, Kerala. Teaching, Lecturer & Research Guide, Sub-editor, Kerala Desam, daily, from Thiruvanthapuram; Lecturer in Malayalam at various colleges, since 1977, Received Kerala Sathiya Academy Award, 2004; Edassery Award, 85, etc.

Malayalam. Pubs. 10. Viroopante Pattu, 76; Atmapuranum, 86; Purappad, 86; Kilivathil, 88; Baligatha, 91; Chitha Kadakunna Pakshikal, 92; Bodhisatvante Jenmangal, 94 (All Poetry); Nagarapuranum, 81 (novel); Sahitya Sabdakaram, 93 (Dictionary of literary terms). His poems have been translated into English, Hindi & Kannada.

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