P. Kunhiraman Nair biography

P. Kunhiraman Nair

Poet, Author

1905 – 1978


Who was P. Kunhiraman Nair?

P. Kunhiraman Nair, also known as Mahakavi P, was a renowned Malayalam poet whose works romanticised the natural beauty of his home state of Kerala in southern India and juxtaposed it with the hard realities of his life and times.

Born in Bellikoth near Kanhangad of North Malabar, P., as he is known, led a Bohemian lifestyle, wandering across Kerala, living in several places, meeting their people and making them part of his life and literature. He worked as a school teacher, having taught at Koodali near Kannur and Kollengode in Palakkad district.

Poetry formed his main genre of work, though he has also penned stories, articles and a few plays. His autobiography, 'Kaviyude Kaalpaadukal', is one of the celebrated works in prose in Malayalam.

The central Kerala belt of Valluvanad, known for its scenic charm and cultural vibrancy, worked as a major source of inspiration for the poet, who lived there for long—partly as a family man. His works are also dotted with metaphors from Kathakali, the classical dance-drama of his region.


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Oct 4, 1905
Also known as
  • Mahakavi P
  • India
May 27, 1978

on July 23, 2013

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