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Balachandran Chullikad, 1957-
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Balachandran Chullikad, one of India's most admired and respected living
poets, was born on July, 1957 at Paravoor, a small town in Ernakulam District
in Kerala. Throughout his school years, he devoted himself to poetry.
By early adolescence his creative energy and poetic gifts showed in a
poetry that displayed an unusual maturity and openness that questioned
the dominant aesthetics which was saturated with romantic lyricism and
conventional symbolism, and enabled the start of a free flowing subjective
poetic tradition. Years before his first book of poems (Patinettukavitakal,
1982) was published he became the most sought after and quoted poet of
Kerala thanks to the poetry festivals and university cultural functions
that encouraged bold creative experiments by young poets. Nurtured in
the grand epics of India as well as the canons of international modernism,
Chullikad stands in the forefront of a generation of poets who wanted
to invent a new poetic language.
The Library of Congress has all his published works.