Satchidanandan, K. (1946--) By Ramakrishnan, E. V.
K. Satchidanandan is among the foremost modernist poets in Malayalam, as well as a prominent literary critic and translator. Born and educated in Kerala, Satchidanandan was a Professor of English at Christ College, Irinjalakkuda from 1970 to 1992, when he moved to New Delhi as the editor of Indian Literature published by the Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters). Subsequently, he worked as the Secretary of the Akademi from 1996 to 2006. Satchidanandan is the author of twenty-one volumes of poetry, sixteen volumes of poetry translations, and nineteen volumes of essays in Malayalam. A recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors at both national and international levels, including the Sahitya Akademi Award (2012) and the Knighthood of the Order of Merit from the Government of Italy (2006), his poetry has been translated into major world languages including English, French, German, Italian, and Arabic.