ശങ്കുണ്ണി കൊട്ടാരത്തില്‍
Born as the second son of Vasudevan Unni on the 23rd of Meenam 1030 Malayalam Era (23rd March, 1855) in Kodimatha, a suburb of Kottayam town in Kerala, Vasudevan Unni Junior is better known by his pen-name Kottarathil Sankunni. Despite receiving no formal education, he was a pundit on Sanskrit classics and Ayurvedic literature. He mastered Sidharupa (a branch of study in Sanskrit grammar to be learnt by heart by the novices) from Manarcaud Sankara Warrier. In both Sanskrit literature and Ayurvedic literature his preceptor was the Great Vayaskkara Aryan Narayanan Moosse. His knowledge of English helped him tutor European missionaries in Kerala. He was later appointed as the Malayalam tutor at the secondary school at Kottayam, where he was itnroduced to Kandathil Varghese Mappila, the manager of the school. Varghese Mappila later became the founder editor of Malayala Manorama and soon appointed Sankunni as its potery editor. With 13 Manipravalakritis (his first work being Subhadraharanam at the age of 36),t ranslation of 3 Sanskrit plays, mythological stories and short stories he shot to fame. Aithihyamaala is diademed as the best and the most popular work of Kottarathil Sankunni. He had also written songs for dances and performances like Kaikottikkali, Kilippattu, Thullal Paattukkal and Vanchi Paattukal and has also made his cotnribution to Prosody. He is perhaps the most recognized and rewarded poet by the Royals of Kochi, Trivandrum and Malabar. Even the British held him in high esteem. In 1904 he was awarded the coveted title Kavithilakan by the King of Cochin. Though he married thrice he had no children. He lived a long life engaged in literary pursuits before leaving for his heavenly abode on the 7th of Karkidakom in 1112 Malayalam Era coinciding with the 22nd of July in 1937.
ഇതേ ഗ്രന്ഥകര്‍ത്താവിന്റെ പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിച്ച പുസ്തകങ്ങള്‍