March 24, 2006

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Varadan Krishnamoorthy, Pallippuram, Palakkad

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For the script-less language of the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Varadan Krishnamoorthy is the teacher from Kerala who built the bridge of letters to the outside world.  His painstaking effort and experience of teaching English for 25 years in the North Eastern State, led to the publication of the ‘Proverbs of Adis’ in English in 1989.

Later he compiled and published their folk tales in English besides collaborating with his student Gechin in the writing of the 1st dictionary of the language.

It was love of English that made Krishnamoorthy proceed to CIEFL, Hyderabad for higher studies after completing M.A in English from Victoria College, Palakkad.  After 2 years of teaching experience elsewhere, he landed up in Arunachal Pradesh as teacher at the Namsai Higher Secondary School in Lohit District.

Taking the assistance of his student, he used to visit the houses of his pupils and gather proverbs and folktales from the elderly.  Polished and resurrected in English, these tales form the first literary handshake of the tribes with the world.

In appreciation for his efforts, the Adi and Tagin literary circles had extended their membership to this outsider from Kerala.

After a quarter century in distant lands, Krishnamoorthy opted for voluntary retirement and came back to Palakkad.  His other writings include ‘Poohi Calls Me’ and ‘Kidnapper’, both collection of stories and ‘Weak Bridge Drive Slow’, a novel, all in English.  In his own native tongue, he has written a novel, ‘Veendum Sangeetham’.

He lives at Pallippuram with his wife Thulasimani and daughters Prathibha Narayani and Preetha Lakshmi.


Courtesy: Sulfikar (text), Sree, Malayala Manorama, August 28, 2005
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