P. R. Shyamala

P. R. Shyamala (4 July 1931 – 21 July 1990) was an Indian novelist and short story writer of Malayalam literature. Known for novels such as Sararanthal and Makayiram Kayal and short stories compiled in Harishri and Ariyapedatha Peedanangal, she was a member of the Sahitya Pravartaka Sahakarana Sanghom, the general council of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and the advisory board of the Central Board of Film Certification. Three of her stories have been adapted into films and Sararanthal was an award winning television series made in 1991, based on her novel of the same name.

P. R. Shyamala
Born(1931-07-04)4 July 1931
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Died21 July 1990(1990-07-21) (aged 59)
Kerala
OccupationNovelist, short story writer
NationalityIndian
GenreFiction
Notable works
  • Sararanthal
  • Thulasikathirukal
  • Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu
  • Makayiram Kayal
SpouseKaroor Sasi
Parents
  • Parameshwaran Pilla
  • M. Rajamma

BiographyEdit

P. R. Shyamala was born on 4 July 1931 in Thiruvananthapuram in the south Indian state of Kerala to Attara Parameshwaran Pilla, a justice and music scholar and his wife, Madhavavilasam Rajamma.[1] After schooling at Holy Angel's Convent Trivandrum, she completed graduated in music from the Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram.[2] The first of her stories was published in Kaumudi weekly and later she published her first novel, Yathrayil Maranna Patheyam in 1955. Later, when her novel, Durgam was serialised in Sindooram weekly, she got the opportunity to get acquainted with Karoor Sasi, the editor of the weekly, which led to their marriage in 1968.[1]

Considered among the modern novelists,[3] and short story writers of Malayalam,[4] Shyamala authored around 35 novels and five short story anthologies.[5] She was known to have portrayed human relationships and the angst of oppressed women in her writings.[2] Her entry into films was in 1973 with Bhadradeepam, directed by M. Krishnan Nair for which she wrote the story.[6] Two more of her stories were adapted into films later, viz. Manassinte Theerthayathra[7] and Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu.[8] Her novel, Sararanthal, was made into a television series in 1991[9] and it won a number of awards including the Kerala State Television Awards for best series, best direction and best screenplay.[10][11]

Shyamala, who had fascination for gardening and home decor, was a member of the Sahitya Pravartaka Sahakarana Sanghom and she sat in the general council of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi.[2] In 1990, she was selected to be a member of the advisory board of the Central Board of Film Certification and she died on 21 July 1990,[12] at the age of 59, which was the day her selection to the Film Censor Board was announced.[1]

Selected bibliographyEdit

NovelEdit

  • Shyamala, P. R. (1980). Nirayum Puthariyum. Kottayam: SPCS. ISBN 9788126450718. OCLC 892512223.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1980). Makayiram Kayal. Kottayam: MMC Books. ISBN 9788126422029.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (2001). Kavadiyattom. DC Books.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1988). Nakshathrangalude paattu. Thiruvananthapuram: Prabhath Book House.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1991). Chandraayanam. Kottayam: S.P.C.S.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1971). Jwalayil oru panineerkkattu (in Malayalam). Thrissur: Current Books.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1972). Muthukkuda (in Malayalam). Thrissur: Current Books.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1965). Sandhya (in Malayalam). Thiruvananthapuram: Prabhath Book House.
  • Syamala, P. R. (1971). Durgam / (in Malayalam). Thrissur: Current Books.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1982). Manal (in Malayalam). Kozhikode: Poorna Publications.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1982). Daivathil Viswasikkunnavar (in Malayalam). Kottayam: National Book Stall.
  • Shyamala.P.R (1983). Lasyasandyakal (in Malayalam). Kottayam: National Book Stall.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1985). Avan avante nizhal (in Malayalam). Vijayodaya Publications.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1985). Samandharam (in Malayalam). Kottayam: National Book Stall.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1970). Shararanthal (in Malayalam). Konni: Venus Press & Book Depot.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1976). Manassinte theerthayathra (in Malayalam). Thiruvananthapuram: Prabhath Book House.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1984). Sandhyaykku virinja poovu (in Malayalam). Kottayam: National Book Stall.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1988). Ardhaviramam (in Malayalam).
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1991). Nilkoo Oru Nimisham (in Malayalam). Thiruvananthapuram: Prabhath Book House.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1974). Ee Vazhithirivil (in Malayalam). Thiruvananthapuram: Deshabandhu.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1987). Valmeekam (in Malayalam). Thiruvananthapuram: Akshaya Books.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (1995). Shyamaranyam (in Malayalam). Kozhikode: Poorna Publications.
  • Shyamala, P. R. (2001). Kavadiyattam (in Malayalam). Kottayam: DC Books.

Short storyEdit

FilmographyEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Biography on Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal". Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Women Writers of Kerala". womenwritersofkerala.com. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Towards Modernism - Novel in Malayalam literature". www.keralaculture.org. 27 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  4. ^ Publications Division (1958). Women of India. Publications Division Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. pp. 207–. ISBN 978-81-230-2284-0.
  5. ^ "List of works". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Bhadradeepam [1973]". malayalasangeetham.info. 27 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Manassinte Theerthayaathra [1981]". malayalasangeetham.info. 27 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Sandhyaykku Virinja Poovu [1983]". malayalasangeetham.info. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  9. ^ 22 May, Aswathy Gopalakrishnan On; 2018 (22 May 2018). "Writer PF Mathews Interview: 'When People Die, They Become Fiction'". Silverscreen.in. Retrieved 27 April 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "Jude Attipetty - Spectroom". www.spectroom.com. 27 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  11. ^ "P. F. Mathews - Veethi profile". veethi.com. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  12. ^ "books.puzha.com - Author Details". 17 March 2016. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2019.

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