Punaloor Balan


1927 – 1987


Who was Punaloor Balan?

Punalur Balan was an Indian writer and a poet in Malayalam. He was born on 3 January 1927 in Punalur, Kollam district, Kerala. From his student days he was associated with the Communist movement and shot to fame during the 'Pink Decade' in Malayalam poetry.

Balan wrote lyrics and songs profusely for the cultural forums of the Communist Party and when the Kerala People's Arts Club staged its first play Ente Makananu Sari Balan penned the lyrics. After taking his B.A and B.Ed. he became a school teacher. He took his M.A in Malyalam and turned a journalist. Later he joined the State Institute of Languages as a Research Officer. Kerala Sahitya Academy award was given to his collection Kottayile Pattu in 1975.

His poems are marked by a unique force which stems from the use of condensed language aimed at expressing the subtle human experiences of the modern man viewed through the Marxist angle tinged with piercing social satire.

He died on 9 March 1987.

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Jan 3, 1927

on July 23, 2013


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