(1906 - 1974)


SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARD Edasseri received the National Sahitya Akademi Award for poetry in the year 1970 for "Kavile Pattu" a collection of poems. He has also received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for poetry in 1969 for his collection of poems "Oru Pidi Nellikka". He had earlier received Madras Government Awards for his Play "Koottukrishi" and collection of poems "Puthan Kalavum Arivalum". He was postumuously awarded the Kumaran Asan Prize in the year 1984 for his collection of poems "Anthithiri."

Photo taken around 1970.

Edasseri's 60th birthday was celebrated three days with literary meets, lectures by eminent writers and cultural programs. Edasseri was taken in a procession to the stage. Walking with him are G. Sankara Kurup, the Gyanpeeth Award winner, Akkitham Achyuthan Namboothiripad, Uroob etc.

Edasseri's photos are rare. We are trying to get more photos from people who might be having them.

With wife and youngest daughter - snap taken around 1970.

With Uroob. Uroob is the pen name of P.C. Kuttikrishnan. He was a prominent member of the literary circle that had formed in the 30s in Ponani. Others in the group are eminent critic Kuttikrishna Marar, E. Narayanan , E. Kumaran, Akkitham, Kadavanad Kuttikrishnan, T. Gopala Kurup, Padmanabhan Master, E.P. Sumithran, P. Narayanan Vaidyar, and T.V. Shoolapani Warriyar.

Photo taken at anniversary celebrations of Samastha Kerala Sahitya Parishat - seated on the front row, extreme right is Edasseri. A rare photo of prominent poets, novelists and critics together.

A snap of the procession at Edasseri's 60th birthday celebrations.

A photo from the Album.

When Koottukrishi was staged by the second generation of artists at Kripa Productions, the art wing of Krishna Panikkar Reading Room and Library.

Standing: 1) P. Padmanabhan Nair 2)K.V. John, 3)K.V. George, 4)? 5)Rajendran, 6) K.A. Balachandran, 7)Vijayakumar, 8) Vakkuttil Arumughan.
Sitting Middle: 1) E. Unnikrishnan, 2)V. Bhaskaran, 3) T. Gopalakurup, 4) P.K. Gopala Menon, 5) M.N. Muhammedkutty.
Sitting Front: 1)E. Satish Narayanan, 2) E. Balabhaskaran, 3) E. Raman, 4) Narayanan Nair.

Reception at A.V. High School, where Edasseri's 60th birthday celebrations were conducted. Mahakavi G. Shankarakurup, veteran freedom fighter K. Kelappan, P. Narayanan Vaidyar, jointly with whom Edasseri established Krishna Panikkar Reading Room and Library in Ponani, are in the picture.

Another snap from the reception at A.V. High School, Ponani.

A family photo taken around 1965.

Thanksgiving at the final day of 60th birthday celebrations.

Edasseri's Shashtipoorthi (60th birthday) was celebrated in Ponani in a grand way. Edasseri is snapped with the members of the Committee, which arranged the function.

Standing: C. Govindan, P. Krishna Warriyar, Uroob
Sitting: Akkitham, Soolapani Warriyar, Vallathol Narayana Menon, Edasseri, E. Raman, Bhaskara Menon, K. Sekhara Warriyar, T. Gopalakurup


With Mahakavi P. Kunhiraman Nair at the occasion of Edasseri's 60th birthday celebrations. Standing in the background is P. Krishna Warriyar, former secretary of Edasseri Memorial (Edasseri Smaraka Samithi).

With Mahakavi G. Shankara Kurup and family when Edasseri visited New Delhi to receive the Sahitya Akademi Award. Mahakavi G. was Rajya Sabha member during that time.

Novelist and Film Maker M.T. Vasudevan Nair and journalist N.P. Damodaran during the shashtipoorthy celebrations of Edasseri in Ponani, in the year 1966. M.T. Vasudevan Nair has been the Editor of Mathrubhoomi Weekly for over two decades.

This photo was taken from Calcutta in 1967.

A scene from the reception accorded to Edasseri on his 60th birthday.

Edasseri wrote Poothapattu in April 1953, at the age of 47 years. The poem has since become very popular, so much so that it has been presented in scores of stages, as recital, dance program etc. An audio cassette is available on Poothapattu, rendered by V.K. Sasidharan. The photo has been taken during the Poothapattu years.

Portrait at Kerala Sahitya Akademi.
Snapped in 1972
Photo taken at the time of Agra Visit