Vaikom Muhammad Basheer was born on 21st January and he is one of the prominent literary figures of Malayalam literature. He was also a freedom fighter, novelist and a humanist. His works are translated in many languages and got him worldwide acclaim. He is called affectionately as Beypore Sultan.
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Vaikom Muhammad Basheer was born on 21st January and he is one of the prominent literary figures of Malayalam literature. He was also a freedom fighter, novelist and a humanist.
His works are translated in many languages and got him worldwide acclaim. He is called affectionately as Beypore Sultan. He got Padma Shri award in the year He was born in Thalayolaparambu village in northern Travancore.
His family was large and so he did not live a rich life in his younger days. He studied at Malayalam medium school in the beginning and later studied in English medium school at Vaikom. He adored Mahatma Gandhi and started to wear — Khadi.
He left the school when studying fifth form and went to fight for the cause of Indian Independence. He joined Indian National Congress. He went to Kozhikode to take part in Salt Satyagraha in He was sentenced to imprisonment for three months. He was inspired by revolutionary leaders Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru.
These three were executed when he spent his days in Kannur jail. He was released after Gandhi Irwin pact of March He left Kerala and traveled to many parts of India and abroad for seven years. He undertook many works at that time like cook, fortune teller, fruit seller, accountant, watchman, etc. He lived with Sufi mystics in the hermitages of Himalayas for more than five years.
He had to starve most of the time. He started to write stories when he was in jail. His works during — are Baalyakaalasakhi and Premalekhanam.
He had to publish his works himself and take them to homes to sell them. He also ran bookstalls. During his forties he married Fabi Basheer who was much younger than him and settled down to domestic life. He had two children Anees and Shahina. He lived at Beypore, south of Kozhikode. He died on 5th July Published Works. Premalekhanam [ A love letter] Novel Baalyakaalasakhi [ Sweetheart from childhood] Novel Kathaabeejam [ Seed of a story ] Play Janmadinam [Birthday] Short stories Ormakkurippu [Jottings from memory] Short stories Shabdangal [Voices] Novel Ente uppuppakkoru aana undayirunnu [Me grandad had an elephant] Novel Maranathininde Nizhalil [In the shadow of death] Novel Muchcheettu kalikkaarande Makal [The daughter of the card-shark] Novel Paavappettavarudey Vaeshya [The courtesan of the poor] Short stories Sthalathe Pradhaana Divyan [The principal divine of the place] Novel Aanavaariyum Ponkurishum [Elephant rustler and Golden cross] Novel Jeevithanizhalppaadukal [The shadows of life] Novel Vishwavikhkhyaathamaaya Mookku [The world-renowned nose] Short stories Vishappu [Hunger] Short stories Mathilukal [Walls] Novel; basis for a film by Adoor Gopalakrishnan Thaaraa Specials Novel Maanthrika poochcha [The magic cat] Novel Nerum Nunayum [Truth and lie] Commentary and letters Ormmayudaey Arakal [The cells of memory] Commentary and reminiscences Aanappooda [Elephant-hair] Short stories Chirikkunna Marappaava [The laughing wooden doll] Short stories Bhoomiyudaey Avakaashikal [The inheritors of the earth] Short stories Anuraagaththintaey Dhinangal [The days of desire] Diary; originally titled Kaamukantaey diary [The diary of the paramour] and changed later on the suggestion of M.
Vasudevan Nair Bhaargavinilayam [The house named Bhaargavi] Screenplay for a film by A. Vincent which is credited as the first horror cinema in malayalam; adapted from the short story Neelavelichcham [The blue glow] Paul Reminiscences of his friendship with M.
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With his profound and simple writing, touch of satire, sarcasm and black humour, Basheer had woven a style of his own and marked his presence as a short story writer, novelist, humanist and also as a freedom fighter. Born in Thalayolaparambu in Kottayam District as the eldest child of a timber businessman, Basheer even from his childhood days was attracted to Gandhian thoughts and ideologies. He participated in freedom struggles and was imprisoned which also inspired his writings. The cult classics of Basheer earned him a reputed position in the Indian Literature. Translations of his works have won worldwide acclaim.
Vaikom Muhammad Basheer – Biography
This story is from January 21, His legacy, as much as his characters — most of them real people he met and grew up with — is slowly dying, says Prof A Kusuman, secretary of Basheer Smaraka Trust, an organization for Basheer enthusiasts in his hometown. Since , Basheer Smaraka Trust has constituted an award, named after the writer, to the best work of fiction in Malayalam. The headway of the project however is in limbo due to the paucity of funds and The Basheer Trust is asking a financial support from Kerala government.