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Watch: 50 Years of Oru Desathite Katha

  • January 5, 2022
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Watch: 50 Years of Oru Desathite Katha

It has been more than 50 years since one of Malayalam’s evergreen novels, Oru Desathinte Katha (ഒരു ദേശത്തിന്റെ കഥ) by S.K Pottekkatt was published. Translated as Tales of Athiranipadam in English, the novel brought the second Jnanpith Award to Kerala, in 1980.

The semi-biographical novel of Pottekkatt narrates the story of Sreedharan, the protagonist, growing up in Athiranippadam.

We at ARPO decided to revisit the novel on its 50th anniversary, with a three-part video series. It features author and critic V Musafar Ahammed and P. Sumithra, writer & daughter of S.K Pottekkat. For the series, we also revisited the places that inspired the novel, such as Athiranippadam, Ilanjippoyil, Karott Kaavu, and Tirur Railway station.

Part 1: The novelist

This part looks at the life of SK Pottekkatt, and his significance as the novelist who told the story of Malayali labor migration. His daughter P Sumiithra also shares personal anecdotes about SK and the novel.

Part 2: Malaabar Rebellion

While 2021 was the 50th year of the novel, it also marked the 100th anniversary of the Malabar rebellion. In this video, author and critic V Musafar Ahammed shares his thoughts on how he looks at the way the Malabar rebellion was covered by SK Pottekkatt in the novel.

Part 3: Nature

In the final episode of this series, we look into how narrations around the ecology and environment finds a major place in Oru Desathinte Katha.

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