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M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Malayalam Author, Jyanpeth Award Winner, Malayalam Cinema Scriptwriter
M.T. Vasudevan Nair
Popularly known as MT, is one of India's greatest storytellers ,screenplay writer and film director.

The Kozhikode Station of All India Radio (AIR) presents M.T. Vasudevan Nair with a special birthday gift.

The audio version of ten short stories by M.T., who turns 73 on July 15, is to be on air. The series begins at 9.30 p.m. on July 14 with `Sherlock.' Nine other stories will be aired on every Friday. It sure will be a treat for the fans of one of India's greatest storytellers.

The entire story will be read, by a narrator, and other voices will be used for characters other than the protagonist.

`Valarthumrugangal,' `Oru Pirannalinte Orma,' `Oppol,' `Bandhanam,' `Shanthiparvam,' `Kuttyedathi,' `Kazhcha,' `Iruttinte Aathmavu' and `Vilpana' are the M.T. stories to be aired besides `Sherlock.'
Source : The Hindu, 2006


His Background:
M. T. Vasudevan Nair, popularly known as MT, is a Malayalam fiction and screenplay writer and film director. He was born July 15, 1933 in Kudallur, a small village in Palakkad district, Kerala.

One of the most prolific and versatile of modern Malayalam writers, his novels, short stories and screenplays speaks of the pain and anguish of the Kerala society in the post independence India.

His Achievements:

MT was awarded the highest literary award in India, the Jnanpith in 1995.

He is also the receipient of many awards including:
Kerala State Sahithya Academy and Central Sahithya Academy
National Award for Best Screenplay (five times)
National Award and for Best Film & Actor (1973/Nirmalyam/PJ Anthony)
Kerala State Award for Best Film & Screenplay (1978/Bandhanam)
Kerala State Award for Best Film (1991/Kadavu)

Major works:

His oeuvre consists of novels, short-stories, film scripts and a couple of non-fiction works on literary themes. The US Library of Congress has in its collection sixty-two books, mostly by M.T and some on him.

Novels:Manju (Mist), Kalam (Time), Nalukettu, Asuravithu, Vilapayathra (The funeral procession),
Pathiravum Pakalvelichavum (Midnight and daylight), Arabipponnu (Arab gold, written with N.P. Muhammed), Randamoozham (The second chance), VARANASI
Screenplays: Olavum Theeravum, Murappennu, Nagarame Nandi, Asuravithu, Pakalkkinavu, Iruttinte Atmavu,
Kuttiyedathi, Oppol , Edavazhiyile Poocha Mindapoocha,
Evideyo Oru Shatru, Vellam, Panchagni, Nakhakshatangal,
Amritam Gamaya, Aaroodam, Allkottathil Thaniye, Adiyozhukkukal, Uyarangalil, Rithubhedam, Vaishali, Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, Perunthachan, Sukrutham,
Parinayam, Teerthadanam.
Stories: Iruttinte Atmavu, Olavum Theeravum, Kuttyedathi,
Varikkuzhi, Pathanam, Bandhanam, Swargam Thurakkunna Samayam, Ninte Ormakku, Vanaprastham, Dar-es-salam,
Raktham Puranda Mantharikal, Veyilum Nilavum, Kaliveedu,
Vedanayude Pookkal, Sherlock .



Nirmalyam
(Yesterday's offerings, 1973)

Nirmalyam won the National award for best film and P J Antony for best actor in 1973. It also won State awards for the best film and the best director.

The Story
Nirmalyam narrates the story of a temple 'Valichappadu' (Oracle- the 'Valichappadu' is supposed to be the personification of God. He speaks on behalf of God to the gathering) and his family, passing through extreme poverty.

An ancient temple is neglected to ruins and is tended only by the Velichappadu and the man who picked flowers from the garden, Variyar. When the priest leaves the temple to start a teashop, a young man, not at all interested in the job, takes up the job of the priest. He forms a relationship with the Velichappadu's daughter. The Velichappadu's son is caught trying to sell the sacred sword and have to leave the village. When small pox breaks out, the villagers return to the temple and organise a festival. On the festival day the Velichappadu finds out that his daughter has been seduced by the young priest and his wife sells herself to a moneylender to feed the family. The film ends with the scene of the Velichappadu spitting on the idol of the goddess while performing the final ceremony and later killing himself by striking his head with the holly sword.

Direction & Screenplay: M T Vasudevan Nair
Cast: P J Anthony, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Ravi Menon, Kottarakkara Sridharan Nair
Cinematography: K Ramachandra Babu
Music: K Raghavan

Bandhanam (Bounding Ties, 1978),

Bandhanam won the State award for best film and screenplay.

The Story:
Bandhanam is about the strong binding that holds together individuals, even while remaining invisible.

The hero, distressed by his uninteresting job and his lover's attitude towards him, lives a solitary life. When his father abandons his mother and marries another woman, his feeling of alienation increases. All these make him to hate his past.

When he receives his step-sister's letter informing his father's death, he once again returns to his ancestral house. All his hatred to everybody there dissolves when he meets his ailing step-mother and his loving step-sister.

Direction & Screenplay: M T Vasudevan Nair
Cast: Janardhanan, Nilamboor Balan, Sankaradi, Sukumaran, Sobha, Subha
Cinematography: Ramachandra Babu
Editing: Venkataraman
Music: M B Sreenivasan

Manju
(Mist, 1982)


The Story:
Based on his own novel of the same name, MT's Manju is about the long winter seasons of loneliness.

Story set in Ninital, a tourist resort of north-east India, Manju develops around two characters, Vimala, who have nowhere to go and Buddhu, who waits for his Englishman father to return to Ninital. But no body comes. Vimala and Buddhu continue their endless waiting.

Direction & Screenplay: M T Vasudevan Nair
Cast: Sankar Mohan, Sankara Pillai, Nanditha Bose
Cinematography: Shaji N Karun
Editing: Ramesh
Music: M B Sreenivasan




Varikuzhy
(The Trap, 1982)

 
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The Story:
Madhavan Kutty is in love with poetry, literature and philosophy. But he is forced to marry a rich woman, which creates in him a feeling of imprisonment. He finds himself falling into the trap of valueless social orders. Once in his estate, an elephant falls into a pit meant for trapping wild elephants. Madhavan Kutty sees his own mirror image in the trapped elephant. He tries to save the elephant from the pit, but in vain. The elephant looks at Madhavan Kutty pitifully.

Direction & Screenplay: M T Vasudevan Nair
Cast: Nedumudi Venu, Sankaradi, Sukumaran, Indira
Cinematography: Ramachandra Babu
Editing: Venkattaraman
Music: M B Sreenivasan

Kadavu
(Ferry, 1991),
Kadavu won the State award for the best film.

The Story:
The old boatman, Beeran, meets Raju, a young boy who has run away from an unhappy home life and engages him as his assistant. Raju's attachment to the ancient boat grows as strong as Beeran's. He also invests the routine job of ferrying people across a nearly dry river with the same humane attitude that makes Beeran a butt of family jokes. Soon Raju befriends many people- the bullock cart driver who nightly drinks himself into a stupor, because his bullock stop automatically at the arrack shop on his way home; the schoolmaster who courts a working girl, but is ousted by a bridegroom chosen by the family; the hawkers and vendors who pass through the ferry; and a girl, her little brother and ailing mother who is taken to the hospital in the town and returns in a bier.

He escorts the girl and her brother to the railway tracks, when they leave for Calicut to live with an uncle working in a tile factory. On his return, he discovers her silver anklet on the river bed. For days Raju broods silently, then he leaves the village for Calicut, to the disappointment of old Beeran.

In the bustling town, Raju seeks the girl in vain. Days pass as he visits tile factories, stops in front of schools and does odd jobs to survive. And then he finds her entirely by accident. Raju rushes to her home, but the girl refuses to recognise him or even acknowledge the anklet he has treasured so long. In despair and anger, he runs away and returns to the ferry one moonlit night.

A new boatman sleeps in the hut and a new boy lies outside on the ledge. Raju turns to the river. In the magical moonlight, the boat tosses on the water and moves up to him, nudging him gently. Raju curls up in it, and the boat drifts down the river and into the sea as the night passes.



Oru Cheru Punchiri (A slender smile, 2000),

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The Story:
Krishna Kurupu is in his mid seventies and his wife Ammalukutty in her mid sixties. Their well-off children live in different cities away from them. Least bothered about the alienation created by their old age, they indulge in celebrating their old age in a honeymoon mood. Krishna Kurupu finds time to give tuition to an orphan boy apart from agriculture.

When Krishna Kurupu dies, Ammalukutty refuses to move from the house and live with their children. She believes that Krishna Kurupu is still present in and around the house.

Direction & Screenplay: M T Vasudevan Nair
Cast: Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Nirmala Srinivas
Cinematography: Sunny Joseph
Editing: Beena
Music: Johnson

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