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Dr. George Onakkoor

Sudarsana, Nalanchira Thiruvananthapuram 695 015 Kerala, India Tel: +91 471 2531135 Mobile: +91 94475 21162 Email:

Reputed Novelist, Short Story writer and Literary Critic. Author of thirty books. Screenplay Writer of award-winning films. Eminent Professor and Educationalist. Devoted Social Worker. Upholds the values of Democracy, Socialism and Communal Harmony. Won various Literary and Cultural Awards in the Regional, National and International levels. STATE HONOUR by the Govt. of Kerala for the Distinguished Contribution to Language and Literature. Won the Sahitya Academy Award twice for novel and travelogue. Recipient of the prestigious Thakazhi Award ,Kerala Sree Award, Darsana Award, Milan Award (Michigan), Sahodaran Ayyappan Award and Kesavadev Birth Centenary Award. Won the National Award for the Best Literary Thesis submitted for Doctoral Degree. Honoured as Outstanding Indian Writer at the Euro-American Literary Convention at Cologne, Germany. Former Director of the Kerala State Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications, State Institute of Childrens Literature and Kerala Literary Council. First Non-official Chairman of the State Resource Centre, Kerala. Chairman of the Publication Committee of the Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society, Kerala. Member of the Official Language Commission, Government of Kerala. Former Member of the Governing Body of the Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation. President of the C.V. Raman Pillai National Foundation Widely travelled in Asia, Europe, Africa and American Continent.

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CURRICULUM VITAE Dr. George Onakkoor

President, C.V. Raman Pillai National Foundation Sudarsana, Nalanchira Thiruvananthapuram 695 015 Kerala, India Tel: +91 471 2531135 Mobile: +91 94475 21162 Email:

Born on November 18, 1941 at Muvattupuzha in Kerala Education B.A. in Economics, University of Kerala, 1962

M.A. in Malayalam Language & Literature, University of Kerala, 1964 M.Phil. in Malayalam, University of Kerala, 1978 Ph.D. from University of Kerala, 1983 Subject: The Concept of Hero in Malayalam Novel

Student Career Chairman, Literary Association, Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha

: 1961 & 1962 : 1963 : 1964 : 1963 : 1963 & 1964

Magazine Editor, St. Berchmans College, Changanacherry Arts Club Secretary, St. Berchmans College, Changanacherry First Prize, Inter-Collegiate Debating Competition for Godavarma Trophy First Prize, Inter-Collegiate Debating Competitions for Sree Narayana Trophy

Publications, Literary Literary Critic and Novelist Author of twenty-eight books 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Akale Akasam (Novel) Oolkatal (Novel) Kalthamara (Novel) Ezhuthappurangal (Novel) Illam (Novel) Kamana (Novel) Kamana (Novel, English Edition) Uzhavuchalukal (Novel) Nalu Poochakkuttikal (Stories) Njan Kathirikkunnu (Novel) Njan Oru Kaioppu Matram (Stories) Rachanayude Rahasyam (Childrens Literature) Thapovanathile Sooryan (Childrens Literature) Olivumarangalude Nattil (Travelogue) Marubhumiyude Hridayam Thedi (Travelogue) Maria Goretti (Childrens Literature) Mahatma Gandhi (Biography) - 1972 - 1975 - 1977 - 1978 - 1979 - 1981 - 1981 - 1985 - 1985 - 1986 - 1988 - 1989 - 1989 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1994

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18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

M. P. Paul, Kalapathinte Thiruseshippukal (Biography) Nadu Neengunna Neram (Stories) Samathalangalkkappuram (Novel) Arshajnanathinte Pravachakan (Biography) Samaya Soochikal Nischalam (Stories) Hrudayathil Oru Wal (Novel) Kuttikalude Sampoorna Bible (Childrens Literature) Parvathangalile Kattu (Based on the life on Mrs. Indira Gandhi)

- 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1999 - 2005 - 2005 - 2007 -2007

Publications, Academic 26. Kerala Bhasha Ganga (Literary Criticism) 27. Yuga Prathibha (Literary Criticism) 28. Sahitya Sameepanam (Literary Criticism) 29. Ithihasa Pushpangal (Literary Criticism) 30. Nayakasankalpam Malayala Novelil (Thesis)

- 1963 - 1963 - 1968 - 1969 - 1986

Awards 1. The novel illam won the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 1980 for the Best Novel written during the period from 1977 to 1979. 2. The novel Kamana won the Mar Ivanios Cultural Award in 1984. 3. The Ph.D. thesis Nayakasankalpam Malayala Novelil won the first K.M. George Sapthathi Award for the best thesis produced in Indian Universities in Language, Literature and Culture during the period from 1980 to 1985. 4. The Film Critics Award for the Best Story Writer in 1991; Film Yamanam based on the novel Kamana. 5. The film Yamanam won the National Award for the Best Social Theme in 1992. 6. Honoured with Jawaharlal Nehru Award, instituted by the Mathrubhumi Study Circle, for the outstanding contributions to Childrens Literature in 1993. 7. Akale Akasam and Illam were prescribed as textbooks for the Degree Examinations of the University of Kerala. 8. Orchidthe translation of the novel Kalthamarawas prescribed as a textbook in the Clerk Atlanta University, Georgia, U.S.A. 9. M. P. Paul: Kalapathinte Thiruseshippukal won the Sahodaran Ayyappan Award for the best Biography in 1996. 10. The biography Arshajnanathinte Pravachakan won the Delhi Malankara Association Bi-Decennial Literary Award in 1999. 11. Darsana Award for the outstanding contribution to the field of culture in 2000. 12. Milan Award (Michigan Malayalee Literary Association of North America Award) for the unique contribution in Art, Literature and Culture in 2002. 13. Kesava Dev Birth Centenary Award for the total contribution to the Malayalam Novel in 2003. 14. The travelogue Adarunna Akasam won the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 2005. 15. First Euro-American Pravasi Award for the outstanding Indian Writer in 2005. 16. STATE HONOUR by the Govt. of Kerala for the Distinguished Contributions to the Language & Literature (2005). 17. The Novel Hrudayathil Oru Wal won the K.C.B.C. Award , the prestigious Thakazhi Award and Kerala Sree Award(2006).

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Editing and Publishing Experience 1. Editor-in-Chief and Director of the Publications of the State Institute of Childrens Literature including the Bala Kairali Vijnanakosam (Childrens Illustrated multicolour Encyclopaedia in 7 vols.) and Akshara Kairali series. 2. Editor-in-Chief and Director of Sarva Vijnana Kosam (General Encyclopaedia in 20 vols.) and Viswa Sahitya Vijnana Kosam (Encyclopaedia of World Literature in 10 vols.) 3. Editor-in-Chief of Fifty Supplementary Readers for Neo-Literates. 4. Edited the book Ayyappa Panicker: Vyakthiyum Kaviyum. 5. Edited the book The Speeches of C. H. Mohammed Koya in the Kerala Legislative Assembly. 6. Edited the book The Speeches of Joseph Mundasseri in the Legislative Assembly. 7. Sub-Editor of Deepika Malayalam Daily - 2 months 8. Honorary Editor of Grandhalokam, Organ of the Kerala Grandhasala Sanghom - 3 years 9. Member of the Editorial Board of the Sahityalokam Organ of the Kerala Sahitya Academy i - 8 years 10. Chief Editor of the S.I.C.L. News - 4 years Cinema Contributed, Story, Screenplay and Dialogue for nine feature films in Malayalam: 1.Aradhana 2.Ente Neelakasam 3.Leyam 4.Katha Parayum Kayal 5.Johny 6.Kaithappoo 7.Oolkatal 8.Kilikonchal 9.Yamanam Contributed Script for Twelve Documentary films.

The Film Oolkatal won number of Awards in 1979. The Film Yamanam won the Indira Gandhi Award for the best thematic content.

Radio and Television Has given a number of talks through All India Radio.

Participated as an actor in the Radio plays broadcast from All India Radio, Thiruvananthapuram. Conducted Literary Quiz and cultural discussions in Doordarshan, Asianet, Surya TV, Kairali TV, Jeevan TV, Amrita TV, etc. Contributed script for the Doordarshan TV serial, Illam.

Administrative Experience 1. Chairman, State Resource Centre, Kerala 2. Director, The State Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications 3. Director, The Kerala Saksharatha Samithi 4. Director, The State Institute of Childrens Literature

: 3 years : 2 years : 2 years : 5 years

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5. Head of the Department of Malayalam, 6. 7. 8. 9.

Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram : 29 years Member, Director Board & Executive Committee of Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society, Kottayam : 3 years Member, Managing Committee, Kerala Sahitya Academy : 2 years Member, Managing Committee, Thonnackal Asan Smarakam: 3 years President, Kerala Film Critics Association : 4 years

Positions in Academic, Cultural Bodies 1. Member of the Kerala Sahitya Academy General Council and Finance Committee from 1974 to 1977 and from 1981 to 1984 and member of the Managing Committee from 1984 to 1986. 2. Member of the Kerala University Senate from 1984 to 1988 (Government nominee representing the authors). 3. Member of the Business Advisory Committee of the Kerala University Senate from 1984 to 1988. 4. Member of the Board of Studies in Malayalam, Gandhiji University, Kottayam from 1984 to 1987. 5. Member of the Board of Studies in Malayalam, University of Kerala from 1984 to 1990. 6. Member of the Advisory Board of the Correspondence Course, University of Kerala from 1977 to 1981. 7. Member of the Advisory Board, Department of Publications, University of Kerala from 1985 to 1988. 8. Member of the Director Board and Executive Committee of the Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society from 1980 to 1983. 9. Member of the Advisory Panel of the Regional Film Censor Board from 1984 to 1989. 10. Member of the Thonnackal Asan Smarakam from 1985 to 1988. 11. Member of the School Syllabus Reforms Committee in 1983. 12. Member of the School Library Committee from 1983 to 1988. 13. Member of the Thiruvananthapuram Public Library Committee from 1982 to 1986. 14. Member of the Media Committee, Kerala Saksharatha Samithi from 1991 to 1993. 15. Member of the National Executive of Encyclopaedia Makers. 16. Member of the Language Advisory Committee of the Encyclopaedic Publications, Govt. of Kerala. 17. Member of the Judging Committee for State Award, Professional Dramas. 18. Chairman of the State Award Committee for the Best Book on Cinema. 19. Member of the Selection Committee for Sponsored Programs, Doordarshan. 20. Member of Language Committee, Bharatiya Jnanapith Award. 21. Member of the Script Selection Committee of the National Film Development Corporation. 22. Member of the Book Selection Committee, Operation Black Board Scheme. 23. Member of Kerala State Pre-primary Education Advisory Board. 24. Member of the Kerala State Curriculum Committee. 25. Member of the Swadeshabhimani Memorial Trust. 26. Vice-President of the Indo-Ukranian Friendship Society, Kerala Chapter. 27. Vice-President of the C. Achutha Menon Foundation, Thiruvananthapuram Chapter. 28. Expert Member of the Official Language Commission, Govt. of Kerala. 29. Member of the Raja Ram Mohun Roy Library Foundation of India.

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30. Member of the Programme Advisory Committee, Prasar Bharathi. 31. Chairman of the Publication Committee, Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society. 32. Member of the Senate CUSAT (Cochin University of Science & Technology ) 2007 (Nominated by the Chancellor of the University - Governor - State of Kerala, representing the authors). 33. President of the C.V. Raman Pillai National Foundation Teaching Experience Total thirty-three years of teaching experience at College level Research Experience Research Guide, University of Kerala from 1984 onwards Ph.D. produced eight. 1. Colour Consciousness of Malayalam Romantic Poets 2. Novel Criticism in Malayalam: Historical and Theoretical Study 3. Evolution of Vision in Malayalam Novel 4. The Reflection of Social Change in the Thematic Content of Malayalam Novels 5. Fiction and Social Change: A Study based on the stories of Ponkunnam Varkey 6. Tragic Dimensions in the Fictions of Feminine writers in Malayalam 7. Socio-Economic Elements in the Female Characterization in Malayalam Novels 8. The Development and Evolution of Modernism in Malayalam Poetry Other Activities 1. Represented the Kerala University in the All India University Teachers Conference on National Integration held at Madurai in 1971. 2. Presided over the All India Seminar on Childrens Literature held at Bangalore in 1989. 3. Presented papers in the All India Seminar on Childrens Literature held at Thiruvananthapuram in 1984; New Delhi in 1989 and in 1990; Hyderabad in 1990 and Ahmedabad in 1991. 4. Presented papers in Ulloor, Asan and Ezhuthachan Seminars organized by the Department of Malayalam, University of Kerala. 5. Convenor of the All India University Teachers and Students Seminar held at Thiruvananthapuram in 1971. 6. Convenor of the All India University Youth Festival held at Thiruvananthapuram in 1972. 7. Director of the Literary workshops organized by the Kerala University Union four times. 8. Director of the Literary Camp organized by the Kerala Sahitya Academy, at Thiruvananthapuram in 1981. 9. Member of Cultural Delegation of the Kerala Sahitya Academy, visited the State of Gujarat in 1977. 10. Member of the Committee to adjudge the First, Third and Fourth Prem Nazir Award; First Swadeshabhimani Award; Abudhabi Malayalee Samajam Award; Sahitya Academy Award, etc. 11. Participated as Guest of Honour in the Fourth International Literary Convention organized by the Literary Association, North America at Toronto, Canada in 2002. 12. Participated as Guest of Honour in the First Euro-American International Literary Conference held at Cologne, Germany in 2005. International Travel

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Visited France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Egypt, United States of America, Canada, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and U.A.E.

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