Writer and actor; Madamp Kunjukuttan has passed away

Thrissur: Writer, actor, and cultural activist Madamp Kunjukuttan (81) has passed away. Covid was undergoing treatment for the infection. He has written more than ten novels and five screenplays. He has acted in over ten movies. He won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay (Karunam – 2000) and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Mahaprasthanam (1982).

He was born in 1941 in Kiralur Madamp Manayil to Sankaran Namboothiri and Savitri Antharjan. His real name was Madam Manayil Sankaran Namboothiri, but his nickname was later changed to Kunjukuttan. Schooling was followed by traditional Sanskrit studies. He became a poojari in temples for four years before he was 16 years old. He also did radio repairing and spray painting. He was conducted by Type Writing Institute and Tutorial College. He worked for Thrissur All India Radio for some time.

He started his literary career as a teacher in tutorial college, writing plays for students. The first novel was written by Ashwatthama in 1970. The novel Corruption, which followed, caused controversy. The first screenplay was written for Jayaraj’s Deshadanam. He is the State Patron of Tapasya Kala Sahitya Vedi. In 2001, he contested as a BJP candidate from Kodungallur but lost.

Madampu had a deep knowledge not only in literature and cinema but also in philosophy, Vedas, and Matangashastra. When Ashwatthama made the film, he wrote the script. Acted as the hero. Her roles in films like pythrikam,aanachandham, Vadakkumnathan, and Karunam were notable.

The novels include Ashwatthamavu, Mahaprasthanam, Avighnamasthu, Bhrasht, Mararasree, Entaro Mahanubhavulu, Pothu, Nishadam, Pathalam, Aryavartham, Amritasya Putrah, Colony, Puthiya Panchatantram, Sarameyam, Thonyasam. Wife: The late Savitri Antarjan. Children: Hasina and Jasina.

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