A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Anniversary of C.V. :
Issued on May 19, 2010
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on C.V. Raman Pillai.
Stamp & FDC : Brahm Prakash
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.3 Million
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Cannankara Velayudhan Raman Pillai (CV)
Born on May 19, 1858 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Died on Mar 21, 1922 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
- Cannankaraveetil Velayudhan Raman Pillai was a playwright of Malayalam literature born on 19 May 1858 to middle class parents. His early education included learning Sanskrit and Ayurveda. He graduated from the University of Madras.
- C.V. Raman Pillai is considered a pioneer in the field of Malayalam journalism. He worked with many Malayalam and English dailies. The gifted Pillai edited news papers and wrote novels and plays in Malayalam. His sharp and incisive pen first brought forth the news paper “The Kerala Patriot“ (1882), followed by the “Malayali“ in 1886, “Vanchiraj“ in 1901 and finally “Mitabhashi“ in 1920.
- Pillai’s works are classed with the greats in Indian literature like Bankim Chandra Chatterjee and Harinarayan Apte. The novels “Marthanda Varma“, “Dharmaraja“ and “Ramarajabahadur“ are classics that undoubtedly put him in the ranks of world literary genius. He drew inspiration from his roots enriched with tradition and wove them into unforgettable epics.
- Modern Malayalam drama traces its origins to Pillai’s work. Malayalam in prose form began with his eleven farces. They set the tone and paved the way for present day Kerala theatre.
- He used history as a means to unfold the intricacies of human life, both on the sociopolitical and on the psychological planes. The first book published by C.V. Raman Pillai was a satire called “Chandramukhivilasam“. He has to his credit a number of novels and satirical plays including “Marthanda Varma“, “Premamritam“, “Dharma Raja“ and “Ramaraja Bahadur“. “Kuruppillaakkalari“, “Tentanamkotu Harischandran“, “Doctorkku Kittiya Micham“ are among his humorous plays.
- This towering literary personality passed away on 21 March 1922 leaving behind a rich legacy of Malayalam literature.
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