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Category: ASAN THE POET
Published: Friday, 25 April 2014
  • As a poet as a thinker, as a social reformer, as a legislator and political activist Asan stood up as a towering personality.

He was an original poet. More than that he rebelled against out-modeled literary conventions. He fought against the inequities of our cast-ridden society and passionately sang of individual dignity, social freedom and brotherhood of man. So nationalism was interwoven through his literary work. He was rightly said as a symbol of the consciousness of modernity. His shorter poems are charming children’s poems profound hymns of universal appeal, vivid descriptions of nature and moving inflictions on social evils. The vision he embodied informs of rare freshness of genuineness. He played a leading role in the evolution of modern poetry and in the transformation of modern Kerala society.

Asan was honored by Prince of Wales as a distinguished Indian poet and presented with silk shawls and a gold bracelet on 13th January 1922 at the Madras University Senate hall.

He has not decidedly participated in politics but his works inspired the downtrodden to be conscious about politics.

“The impartial world of sahrdayas place him in par with Ezhuthachan and Nambiar. With his undoubted mastery over poetic excellences like profundity of thought, incomparable concepts, unexcelled metaphors and fidelity in observation he was able to delight even connoisseurs with exceptional sensibility.

Each line of Asan is pregnant with meaning, each word is alive, each thought evoke emotional exuberance; each fancy arouses intense exhilaration. His incomparably superior creations and fame emanating from them will abide till Kerala is again swallowed by the sea during the coming deluge. The glow of the garland of his ambrosial aphorisms will radiate unchecked. Its fragrance will spread unchecked. Its aesthetic delight will course like an uninhibited flow. And with the hearts throbbing with gratitude and overflowing with regard for all time will this harbinger of bliss cherish, admire and worship "says Mahakavi Ulloor S. Parameswara Iyer. It is only a factual statement.

Books and Works

Category: ASAN THE POET
Published: Friday, 25 April 2014
    Sthothra Krithikal 1901
    Veenapoovu 1908
    Nalini 1911
    Leela 1914
    Maithreyi 1914
    Rajayogam 1914
    Oru Daivikamaya Prathikaram 1915
    Randu Khandakrithikal 1915
    Sree Budhacharitham I Vol. &    
      II Vol.     1915
      III Vol.      
      IV Vol.     1917
      V Vol.     1929
    Manassakthi         1916
    Balaramayanam.
Balakandam
  1917
     
Ayodhyakandam
  1920
     
Aranyakandam
  1921
    Gramavrikshathile Kuyil         1918
    Prarodanam         1919
    Chinthavistayaya Sitha         1920
    Pushpavadi         1922
    Chandalabhikshuki         1922
    Duravastha         1923
    Karuna         1924
    Manimala         1924
    Vanamala         1925
    Prabodhachandrodayam         1920
    Nirupanangal         1930
    Mathaparivarthanarasavadam         1933
    Vichithravijayam         1934
    Sugathaprasthanam         1935
    Navamalika         1935

 

Compendium of Books on Kumaranasan

Category: ASAN THE POET
Published: Friday, 25 April 2014
Auther Name of Book

C.O. Kesavan

Mahakavi Kumaranasan

Prof. Joseph Mundasseri

AsanKavitha Oru Patanam

P.K.Balakrishnan

Kavyakala Kumaranasaniloode

Sukumar Azhikkode

Asante Seethakavyam

Dr. K.Ramachandran Nair (Ed:)

Kumaranasante Kavyaprapancham

Dr.T.Bhaskaran (Collection)

M.K. Sanu  (Ed:)

Kumaranasante Kavya Prapancham

K.Surendran

Kumaransan

Dr. M.M.Basheer

Kumaranasante Rachanasilpam, Asan Grandha soochika

M.K.Kumaran

Kumaransan

Dr. K.Sreenivasan

Thayatt Sankaran

Asan Navothanathinte Silpi

E.M.S Namboothirippad

Asanum Malayalasahithyavum

C.Narayanapillai

Asanum Sthuthigayakanmarum

M.S.Menon

Asante Kavyalokam

Dr.P.K.Narayanapillai

Asante Hrudayam

A.P.P.Namboodiri

Asan Nizhalum Velichavum

Dr.T.Bhaskaran

Ariyappedatha Asan

G.Priyadarasanan

Asante Ariyappedatha Mukhangal

Dr.T.K.Raveendran

Asante Vimarsanakala

G.Kamalamma

Asante Sahithya Pravesika

M.K.Kumaran

Asanum Adhunikakeralavum

Nithyachaitharya Yathi

Asan Enna Silpi Nalini Enna Kavya Silpam

Dr..K.M. George

Makers of Indian Literature
Kumaranasan

Dr.T.K.Ravindran

Asan and Social Revolution in Kerala

K.Ramachandran Nair (Ed)

Selected Poems of Kumaran Asan

M.Govindran (Ed)

Poetry and Renaissance

 

Chronology of Events in the Life of Kumaran Asan

Category: ASAN THE POET
Published: Friday, 25 April 2014

1873

Born April 12, at Kayikkara, a coastal village 40 km north of Trivandrum; there is now a memorial building built by the public of Kerala.

1878 - 1888

Early education in Sanskrit under reputed scholars of the place.

1889

Worked as a school teacher for some time.

1890

Employed as an account’s clerk under a local wholesaler.

1890

The young man of seventeen fell under the spell of Sree Narayana Guru, his life-long spiritual mentor.

1891 – ‘92

At Aruvippuram in the hermitage of the Guru; continued study of Sanskrit, Tamil and Vedic and Saivite philosophy; mastered Yoga and Advaita.

1895

At Bangalore: jointed the Sanskrit College; began learning English.

1898

After two years of study in Bangalore, went to Madras; spent a few months in private study.

1898

Proceeded to Calcutta to continue his Sanskrit studies. During the two year stay there joined the Central Hindu College for a degree in Tharkasastra and also gained mastery in English – came directly into contact with the Indian Renaissance.

1900

Returned to the Guru’s hermitage at Aruvippuram.

1901

Translation of Sree Sankara’s Soundaryalahari.

1902

Published Sivastotramala and other hymns on Siva. Incomplete translation into Malayalam of Meghasandesam.

1902

Vichitravijayam (A Strange Victory) – Malayalam play modelled on Sanskrit drama.

1903

S.N.D.P Yogam was founded. Began translating The Light of Asia under the title. Sree Buddha, Charitham (The story of Sree Buddha)

1903 – 1919

General Secretary of the S.N.D.P Yogam

1904

“Vivekodayam”, the organ of the Yogam was started.

1907

Veenapoovu (Fallen Flower)

1911 – 1915

Translation of Swami Vivekanada’s Rajayogam

1911

Nalini

1913 – 1920

Member of the Legislative body of the Travancore state.

1914

Leela

1914

Begins Chintavishtayaya Sita (Sita Lost in Thought)

1915

Sree Buddhacharitham Cantos 1 and 2

1918

Sree Buddhacharitham Cantos 3 and 4

1918

Marriage – wife Smt. K. Bhanumathi Amma. He had two sons – Sudhakaran and Prabahakaran.

1918

Publication of Gramavrikshathile Kuyil

(The Cuckoo of the Village Tree)

1919

Resigned Secretaryship of the Yogam.

Published Prarodanam (The Lament) and

Chintavishtayaya Sita.

1920

Editor of “Pratibha”, a literary magazine, and Manager of Advaitashram, Alwaye.

1921

Settled down in Trivandrum. Subsequently shifted residence to Thonnakkal, a village 24 km north of Trivandrum; there the Kerala Government has founded the Kumaranasan National Institute of Culture.

1922

Pushpavadi (A garden of Flowers) – a collection of lyrics.

1922

Received from the Prince of Wales the title of Mahakavi.

1922

Duravastha (Evil Plight) and Chandalabhikshuki

(The Outcaste Nun)

1923

Completed Karuna (Compassion) and

Sree Buddhacharitham Canto 5

1924

January, 17. Drowned in a boat accident at Pallana, 24 km. south of Alleppey. The poet was fifty one. The river side grave where his mortal remains lie is a place of pilgrimage, celebrated as ‘Kumara kodi’. A School functions there as the poet’s memorial.

 

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