GOD'S OWN COUNTRY' THROUGH PHILATELY
MALAYALAM LANGUAGE & LITERATURE IN KERALA
ULLOOR S. PARAMESWARA IYER
|Ulloor S. Parameswara Iyer, commonly known as Ulloor, was a famous
Malayalam poet and a noted historian. He was one of the famous
triumvirate poets of Kerala, South India in the first half of the 20th
He attempted to revive the classical heritage of Malayalam poetry.
He was born at the Thamarassery Illam at Perunna, Changanassery.
Romanticism flourished with the appearance of the great trio Kumaran
Asan, Ulloor and Vallathol Narayana Menon. He started his work as a
civil servant and finally became the Chief Secretary to the Travancore
His early works show the influence of Sanskrit words and usages. In
Premasangeetham he glorified the concept of love. One of his poems,
Premasangeetham (literally 'song of love'), compiled the history of
Malayalam literature for the first time. He says that love is the only
religion in the world, and describes the rhythmic harmony between man
and nature. The poem concludes in a highly philosophical note: "You, me
and the Paramathma (the Almighty) are one and the same".
Ulloor published Umakeralam, a Mahakavyam, in 1914. His best known
works include Pingala, Karnabhooshanam, Bhakthideepika and Chithrassala.
His long poem Umaakeralam (1914) has as its theme a particular phase in
Kerala's history. The poem deals with the politics related to the
monarchical power of Travancore in the 17th century. Ulloor was also an
erudite scholar and a historian which can be seen from the work Kerala
Saahitya Charitham (History of the Literature of Kerala), which consists
of five volumes. Among his shorter narrative poems, Pingala and
Karnabhooshanam are important. He contributed much to the Malayalam
language as well as to the Malayalam literature both in prose and
is a poetic language. Each successive generation has added its own
contribution to Malayalam literature. There are somany writers who made
the Language rich with their sincere works in various fields. Poetry,
Drama, Short story, Novel, Kathakali, Thullal, Travelogue, Translation,
Screen Play etc are some of its branches. This is a list of writers in
Malayalam who did their donations for the growth of Language and
Literature of Kerala.