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‘Thakazhi captured the essence of women'

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KOCHI: Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai's short stories had effectively mapped the essence of women, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, renowned filmmaker, has said.

Delivering the inaugural address at the ‘G' memorial Jnanpith lecture series on Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai's works organised jointly by the Department of Malayalam at Maharajas College and Ernakulam Cluster of Colleges here on Wednesday, Adoor Gopalakrishnan said that his movies (‘Naalu Pennungal' and ‘Oru Pennum Randaanum') based on Thakazhi's short stories had also tried to portray the essence of women. The films were an attempt to realise the element of truth found in Thakazhi's works on screen, he said.

Pointing out that efforts should be made to take up more studies on the novels and short stories penned by Thakazhi, Adoor Gopalakrishnan said that the writer had given life to characters he had met in real life through his popular novels and short stories. There was no artificiality in his works, he said.

Terming Thakazhi's ‘Kayar' as a magnum opus, Adoor Gopalakrishnan said that the novel had actually narrated the story of the land by weaving in several stories based on the life in Kuttanad. Referring to the overwhelming success of Thakazhi's “Chemmeen', the director said that the film directed by Ramu Kariat could generate more readers for the novel. The novel also remains one of the best examples on Thakazhi's skill in portraying the varied emotions of love, he said.

Explaining that Thakazhi wrote stories that could gain acceptance even at the international level, Mr. Gopalakrishnan said that the writer was also successful in essaying the life and problems of the poor through his works. Thakazhi had also supported the progressive ideals in literature, as he had once strongly believed that literature should help in creating a revolution in the society.

Describing that the influence of television and cinema had affected the interest in literature among the new generation, Mr. Gopalakrishnan said that his generation had drawn inspiration from writers, poets, and critics. The writers of those times were considered as cultural heroes, who translated their experience into words, he said. The director said that the relevance of writers has not gone down considerably but attempts should be made to find out whether the writers of these times could influence the readers especially the youth. M. Thomas Mathew, noted critic, delivered the keynote address on the occasion. Bhadra Satheesh, Deputy Mayor, and M. S. Viswambharan, Principal of Maharajas College spoke.

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