Vellayani Arjunan

Vellayani Arjunan
Padmasree Dr. Vellayani Arjunan is the first Indian to be awarded three D.Litt. degrees.
Born 10 February 1933
Kerala, India
Occupation Writer, linguist, academic, scholar, chair of Tagore Educational Trust
Years active 1960–present
Spouse(s) Radhamani A
Children 3
Parent(s) G. Shankara Panicker, Narayani
Awards Padma Shri
Paramacharya Award

Vellayani Arjunan (born 10 February 1933) is an Indian writer, scholar and linguist from Kerala.[1] He has served two terms at the State Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications, a state government agency, as the Chief Editor from 1975 to 1988[2] and as the director from 2001 to 2004.[3] During his tenure at the institute, seven volumes of the 12 volume Malayalam encyclopedia, Viswasahityavijnanakosam were published.[1][4] He is credited with several publications[4] including children's literature[5] and critical studies.[6][7] His book, Gaveshana Mekhala has been a prescribed text for the post graduate course, MA Malayalam, at the Aligarh Muslim University.[8] A recipient of the Paramacharya Award from Sarojini Bhaskaran Memorial Charitable Public Trust, he was honored by the Government of India, in 2008, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.[9]

In 2015, Aligarh Muslim University awarded him a third D.Litt. degree for his thesis in Malayalam on 'Influence of Sree Narayana Guru on Malayalam Poetry'.[10] He is the first Indian to hold three D.Litt. degrees.

Early life and education

Vellayani Arjunan was born on 10 February 1933 to G. Shankara Panicker, an agriculturalist and Narayani, a housewife, at Vellayani, Thiruvananthapuram District, located in the Indian state of Kerala. After procuring a Master of Arts degree in Malayalam, he went on to teach Malayalam Language and Literature at Sree Narayana College, Kollam. He later became the first Malayalam lecturer in Aligarh Muslim University, from where he gained his PhD degree in 1964. After leaving Aligarh Muslim University, he was appointed as the Director of the State Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications in Kerala.

DegreeTopicAwarding Institution
D.Litt.Influence of Sree Narayana Guru on Malayalam Poetry.Aligarh Muslim University
D.Litt.A Comparative Study of the Mutual Relations and Uniformity of Hindi and Malayalam Languages.Agra University
D.Litt.The influence of Hindi Vocabularies on the South Indian Languages: A Linguistic study.Jabalpur University
PhDA Comparative Linguistic Study of Common Vocables of Hindi and Malayalam Languages.Aligarh Muslim University

Other Degrees

BA HonsMalayalam Language and Literature
MAMalayalam Language and Literature
MAHindi Language and Literature
MAHindi Special
PG DiplomaTamil, Telugu, Kannada

See also


  1. 1 2 S. N. Sadasivan (2000). A Social History of India. APH Publishing. p. 799. ISBN 9788176481700.
  2. "Sarva". Sarva. 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  3. "Gurudevan". Gurudevan. 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  4. 1 2 "KAU". Kerala Agricultural University. 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  5. Vellayani Arjunan. Chandanathirikal. CSN Books.
  6. Vellayani Arjunan (1972). Gaveshana Mekhala. Kottayam.
  7. Appan, M. P; Arjunan, Vellayani (1976), The golden goblet, Appan, retrieved 22 December 2014
  8. "Syllabus" (PDF). Aligarh Muslim University. 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  9. "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.

Further reading

  • "KAU". Kerala Agricultural University. 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
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