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Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai

novelist and short story writer of Malayalam language

1912   -   1999

country of citizenship: India, British Raj
native language: Malayalam
language of expression: Malayalam
occupation: novelist, short story writer
award received: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Bhushan, Jnanpith Award
influenced by: Guy de Maupassant

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai (17 April 1912 – 10 April 1999), popularly known as Thakazhi after his place of birth, was an Indian novelist and short story writer of Malayalam literature. He wrote over 30 novels and novellas and over 600 short stories focusing on the lives of the oppressed classes. Known for his works such as Kayar (Coir, 1978) and Chemmeen (Prawns, 1956), Pillai was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, the third highest Indian civilian award. He was also a recipient of the Jnanpith, India's highest literary award, awarded in 1984 for the novel Kayar.
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