“God too must have stammered
when He created man.
That is why all the words of man
carry different meanings.
That is why everything he utters
from his prayers to his commands
stammers, like poetry.”
– (Stammer, K.Satchidanandan)
A trailblazer of the modernism in Malayalam poetry, K.Satchidanandan was born on 28 May 1948 in Thrissur. He is a billingual literary critic and has served as an editor of Indian Literature the official journal of the Sahitya Akademi. Kurukshetram published in 1970 is his first published collection of poems following which he wrote over 30 collections of poetry, over 25 collections of essays and 23 collections of translation of poetry in nine languages.
After graduation and post-graduation from Christ College Irinjalakuda and Maharajas College Ernakulam, he obtained his Ph.D. in poststructuralist poetics from the University of Calicut. He worked as a professor but later resigned owing to the various ventures he would be heading in the field of literature in the years that followed. He has also served as the chief executive of the Indian National Academy of Literature (Sahitya Akademi) and the Director of the School of Translation Studies, IGNOU, Delhi.
He has won 27 literary awards including the Sahitya Akademi and has won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award five times. The international accolades he received during his literary career includes Kusumagraj National Award, NTR National award, Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award, Knighthood of the Order of Merit from the Government of Italy and India-Poland Friendship Medal from the Government of Poland. He has also represented the country in various national and International literature festivals. Apart from Malayalam prose and poetry, he has published his collection of essays in English. He is also the festival director of Kerala Literature Festival.