G. Sankara Kurup (1901-1978)
Sri G. Sankara Kurup, popularly known as "Mahakavi G", was one of the foremost Malayalam poets. He won the 'Bharatiya Jnanpeeth Award' in 1965 for his book 'Otakkuzhei' (the flute).
He was born on 05 June 1901, in Naayattode near Kaladi. After completing his education, Sankara Kurup took up the post of Malayalam teacher in a secondary school Thiruvillwamala in 1921. Later he became a teacher in the government Secondary Teacher Training Institute near Trichur. He worked as Malayalam Pandit in Maharaja's College Ernakulum and retired as professor of Malayalam from the College in 1956.
During freedom struggle Kurup came in contact with Gandhiji and instead of nature he began worshipping humanity. His outlook became more and more international aching with the sentiments of the oppressed everywhere.
Sri Kurup won the Sahitya Academy Award for Viswa Darshanam in 1963 and the Jnanpeeth Award in 1965. In 1967 he won the Soviet and Nehru Award for his progressive literary works.
In 1968 he was nominated member of the Rajya Sabha and was awarded 'Padma Bhushan" the same year. His publications include twenty-five collections of poems, four volumes of literary essays, four plays in verse and translations of Gitanjali and Ekottarasati, Rubaiyat Meghasandesam and Nadhyarnavyayoge. He also wrote text books and books on Malayalam grammar. He had been the editor of several literary magazines.
Sri Sankara Kurup died on 02 February 1978 at the age of 77 in Trivandrum.