Kunjunni Mash

Kunjunni Mash
Kunjunni Mash

Kunjunni, popularly known as Kunjunni Mash (Mash is the Malayalam equivalent of teacher/master), was a noted Indian Malayalam poet. He was considered as a children’s poet and his poems were short like him. He always led a humble life. Kunjunni was born in the village of Valapad in Thrissur to Njayapilly Illathu Neelakantan Moosath and Athiyarathu Narayani Amma on 10 May 1927. Kunjunni started his career as a teacher at the Chelari school. He joined Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama High School in Kozhikode in 1953. He was an inmate of the Ashrama and taught, looked after and interacted with the hostel boys there. He retired from teaching in 1982 but continued to live in the Ashrama, which he had found to be most suitable for his unostentatious life and writings known for their simplicity, till he retired to his district for health reasons.He was known for writing short poems which appeared to be childlike in form, but conveyed a message. Kunjunni handled the column for children in the Mathrubhumi weekly under the pseudonym “Kuttettan”. He appeared in Bhoomigeetham, a film directed by Kamal. His autobiography, Enniloode, is noted for its candour, humour and simplicity.

His major works include:

  • Oonu Thotturakkam Vare
  • Pazhamozhi Pathayam
  • Kunjunniyude Kavithakal
  • Kadankathal
  • Vithum Muthum
  • Kutti Pencil
  • Namboodiri Phalithangal
  • Raashthriyam
  • Kuttikal Padunnu
  • Undanum Undiyum
  • Kutti Kavithakal
  • Kalikoppu
  • Pazhanchollukal
  • Pathinanchum Pathinanchum
  • Aksharathettu
  • Nonsense Kavithakal
  • Muthumani
  • Chakkarappava
  • Kadalippazham
  • Kalikkalam
  • Kunjunni Ramayanam

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