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M. PRABHAKARAN

The eldest son of M. Kunjukutty Amma and Govinda Panikker, was born on 12th August, 1932. Passed his S.S.L.C. from A.V. High School, Ponnani in the year 1948. Started his service career with Directorate of Marine Engineering and Training at Calcutta in 1952 and later joined their Bombay office as Superintend in 1977. After serving for 31 years, he left the institution and joined Ministry of Surface Transport as Personal Secretary to the Chairman, National Shipping Board and retired on 31st August, 1990.

During 1950s and 1960s he used to translate Bengali novels to Malayalam and publish them in Mathrubhumi weekly. Along with that he used to send regular reports on the cultural and social activities of Malayalees in Calcutta to Mathrubhumi. Perhaps the most important phase of his literary career spans 3 decades (1950 tp 1970) when he used to write reviews for Bengali films. He had in fact introduced Bengali cinema to the Malayalees. The reviews of films by Minal Sen, Tapan Sinha, Sathyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak were considered his important contributions.

He was actively involved in the Malayalee associations of Calcutta. He was the Jt. Secretary of Calcutta Malayalee Samajam in the 50s and later on President of the Calcutta Sahitya Vedhi.

He married Sundari, daughter of P.M.G. Nair and Janaki Amma on 6th September 1962 and is settled in Hyderabad. They have two daughters, Chitra and Deepa, both of them married.


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