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Chemmanam Chacko

Chemmanam Chacko

7 March 1926 (age 98) Mulakulam, Kerala, India (

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Chemmanam Chacko is an award-winning satirical poet from Kerala, India.


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Early life

Chacko was born on March 7, 1926, in the village of Mulakulam in erstwhile Travancore. His father was a Christian priest. He did his early schooling in Saint Joseph's school, Piravom, and went on to receive his BA honours in Malayalam literature with first rank from University College, Trivandrum. He worked as a professor at Mar Ivanios College and the Department of Malayalam, University of Kerala.


Chacko's first published poem was 'Munnottu' (Forward) which appeared in a local weekly in 1946. The poem 'Kanakaaksharangal' published in 1967 brought him popularity. Chemmanam is famed for efficiently utilising satire in his poems as a means of social and political critique. His poetic style has often drawn comparison to the early Malayalam language poet Kunjan Nambiar. His 1977 poetry collection Rajapatha won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. He was conferred with the lifetime achievement award for literature by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi in 2006. He received the Mahakavi Pandalam Keralavarma Award for Poetry in 2014.

List of poems

  • Vilamparam (Proclamation) (1947)
  • Kanakaaksharangal (Golden Letters) (1967)
  • Nellu (Paddy) (1968)
  • Innu (Today) (1969)
  • Puthari (Fresh Rice) (1970)
  • Asthram (Arrow) (1971)
  • Agneyaasthram (Fire-arrow) (1972)
  • Dukkhanthinte Chiri (Laughter of sorrow) (1973)
  • Aavanazhi (Quiver) (1974)
  • Jaithrayaathra (Victory Parade) (1975)
  • Rajapaatha (Royal Path) (1976)
  • Daahajalam (Water for Thirst) (1981)
  • Bhoomikulukkam (Earthquake) (1983)
  • Ampum Villum (Bow and Arrow) (1986)
  • Raajavinu Vasthramilla (King is naked) (1989)
  • Aalilla Kaserakal (Empty Chairs) (1991)
  • Chinteru (Plane - as in tool for timber work) (1995)
  • Narma Sankadam (Light Sadness) (1997)
  • Onnu Onnu Randaayiram (1-1-2000) (2000)
  • Ottayaal Pattaalam (One-man Army) (2003)
  • Ottayaante Choonduviral (Pointing finger of a lone Elephant) (2007)
  • Akshara Poraattam (War of Words) (2009)
  • Akshara Poraali (Warrior of words) (2010)
  • References

    Chemmanam Chacko Wikipedia

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