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M. Mukundan is one of the pioneers of modernity in Malayalam literature.He was born in 1943 in the former French colony of Mahe.Mukundan is also known as Mayyazhiyude Kathakaaran (The story teller of Mayyazhi).Mukundan has published about twelve novels and ten collections of short stories.Mukundan served as the president of Kerala Sahitya Akademi from October 2006 until March 2010. He was honored with the Chevalier Des Arts Eet Des Lettres title by the Government of France in 1998.
His first literary work was a short story published in 1961. Mukundan’s latest novels are ‘Pravasam’,’Adithyanum Radhayum Mattu Chilarum’, ‘Oru Dalit Yuvathiyude Kadanakatha’,’Kesavante Vilapangal’ and ‘Nritham ‘
‘Daivathinte Vikrithikal’ bagged the Kendra Sahithya Academy award and NV Prize. ‘Ee Lokam Athiloru Manushyan’ bagged the Kerala Sahitya Academy award. In 2008, Mukundan’s magnum opus Mayyazhi Puzhayude Theerangalil fetched him the award for the best novel published in the last 25 years.
His important works include Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil,Daivathinte Vikrithikal,Appam Chudunna Kunkiyamma,Lesli Achante Kadangal,Adithyanum Radhayum Mattu Chilarum,Oru Dalit Yuvathiyude Kadanakatha,Kesavante Vilapangal,Nrittam.