Kunjunni Master


Kunhunni Mash


Kunjunni, popularly known as Kunjunni Mash, was a noted Indian Malayalam poet. He was considered as the children's poet and his poems were short like him.[1][2]

[edit]Kunjunni was born in the village of Valapad in Thrissur to Njayapilly Illathu Neelakantan Moosath and Athiyarathu Narayani Amma in May 10, 1927. Kunjunni started his career as a teacher at the Chelari school. He joined Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama High School in Kozhikode in 1953. He was an inmate of the Ashrama and taught, looked after and interacted with the hostel boys there. He retired from teaching in 1982 but continued to live in the Ashrama which he had found to be most suitable for his un-ostentatious life and writings known for its simplicity, till he retired to his district for health reasons [3] Kunjunni died in his ancestral house at Valapad on March 26, 2006.Early life and career


He was known for writing small poems which appeared to be childlike in form, but conveyed a message. Kunjunni handled the column for children in the Mathrubhumi weekly under the pseudonym "Kuttettan". He initiated three or four generations of aspiring writersinto writing.[3] Kunjunni returned to his native village in 1987 and became involved in social and cultural activities in the Thrissur area. He appeared in Bhoomigeetham, a film directed by Kamal.[3] His autobiography, Enniloode, is noted for its candour, humour and simplicity.

One of his two line poems in Malayalam when translated would be like this.

  • In Cross my Belief, In Purse my Relief.........

One of his famous lines in Malayalam:


His major works include:

  • Oonu Thotturakkam Vare
  • Pazhamozhi Pathayam
  • Kunjunniyude Kavithakal
  • Kadankathal
  • Vithum Muthum
  • Kutti Pencil
  • Namboodiri Phalithangal
  • Raashthriyam
  • Kuttikal Padunnu
  • Undanum Undiyum
  • Kutti Kavithakal
  • Kalikoppu
  • Pazhanchollukal
  • Pathinanchum Pathinanchum
  • Aksharathettu
  • Nonsense Kavithakal
  • Muthumani
  • Chakkarappava
  • Kadalippazham
  • Kalikkalam
  • Kunjunni Ramayanam


  • Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (1974, 1984).[3]
  • State Institute of Children's Literature Award (1982).[3]
  • The Kerala Sahitya Akademi lifetime achievement award (1988).[3]
  • State Institute of Children's Literature lifetime achievement award (2002).[3]
  • Vazhakunnuam Award (2002).[3]
  • V.A. Kesavan Nair Award (2003).[3]
  • Tomyas Award.[4]


  1. ^ "Big Big Kunjunni Mash". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  2. ^ "Big Kunjunni Mash". Manoramaonline. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  3. a b c d e f g h i Santhosh, K., "Kunjunni passes away"The Hindu, March 27, 2006, retrieved January 24, 2009
  4. ^ "Kovelan chosen for Tomyas award". The Hindu. 2008-06-02.

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