Literary Tradition-Kollam

The literary tradition-Kollam dates back to the 14th century when a large number of literary works of exceptional quality were being produced in the region. Kollam, from the ancient times has been known to be the literary center of the state of Kerala. The scholars from different parts of South India moved to this city. Some of the most outstanding works of literature were produced by the natives of Kollam. The innumerable number of works written in Malayalam language broadened the horizon of the literary tradition in Kollam. Few of the historically significant works of the 14th century that establish the literary tradition-Kollam include Leelethilakam and Unnuneeli Sandesam.

The major Kollam literary personalities include Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai, Paravoor K.C. Kesava Pilla and Paravoor Kesavan Asan. Paravoor K.C.Kesava Pillai, one of the most famous poets of this region is highly famed for his musical Malayalam play namely Sadarama. Kasaveeyam, another of his poetical works is replete with the rich historical tradition of the southern states of India. The other prominent literary figure of the city, Paravoor Kesavan Asan was the founding member of the local newspaper of Kollam known as Sujananandini.

Ayurvedic literature has been enriched due to his immense contributions. He wrote a significant book on Ayurveda, which is known as Saratchadrika. E.V. Krishna Pillai is another of their kind who carved a niche for himself in the world of humor and satirical works. C.V. Kunjuraman was a much celebrated poet, prose-writer and literary critic of Kollam.

The Kollam historians like Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai have contributed extensively in unveiling the history of Kerala through his research works. Even in the modern days, the historians depend on the facts put forward by Kunjan Pillai to further their research.

The literary tradition of Kollam not only enriches and strengthens the social and cultural base of the city, but that of the entire state of Kerala.

Last Updated on 9/15/2011