Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Golden Period of Malyalam Poetry

The golden period of Malayalam poetry evolved through different phases with big and small contributions of several poets. Most prominent among them were the triumvirate comprising Kumaran Asan, Ulloor S. Parameswara Iyer and Vallathol Nrayana Menon.

The effervescence of Malayalam poetry culminated with G. Sankara Kurup bagging the first Jnanpeeth Award when it was instituted by the Government of India. Changampuzha’s ‘Ramanan’ had many editions and struck a chord with Malayali hearts.

From time to time different poetic forms dominated the literary scene. Thus Malayalam poetry undergoing subtle changes in its evolutionary process imbibed new themes and styles ranging from Bhakti, romance to post-modernism. And today with creativity and imagination as its core, Malayalam poetry finds a space of its own distinct and independent in world literature, and poetry, in particular.

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