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50 years of Oru Desathinte Katha |Docu Series

Oru Desathinte Katha (ഒരു ദേശത്തിന്റെ കഥ) by S.K Pottekkatt is the novel which brought the second Jnanpith Award to Kerala. One whose prowess captivated generations of readers, establishing the novel as an iconic contribution to Kerala's literary heritage. In 2021, the novel celebrated its 50th anniversary. On this occasion, we at ARPO decided to revisit the novel, and the places and the incidents that inspired it.


The three-part video series looks into the life of the novelist, the changes that happened over these years to the natural landscape of the places the novel features, and a critical look into the way the novel approached Malabar Rebellion of 1921, which commommorates its 100th anniversary in the same year.


Watch Part 1: About the novelist

In the first instalment of our enthralling three-part video series, we delve into the life of the brilliant novelist S.K Pottekkatt. Uncover the artist's inspirations, personal history, and transformative experiences that shaped his literary world.




Watch Part 2: Malabar Rebellion


In this part, we critically examine Oru Desathinte Katha's portrayal of the momentous Malabar Rebellion of 1921. Against the backdrop of its centenary, we explore the novel's perspective on this significant event in Kerala's history.




Watch Part 3: Nature


In the final episode of this series, we look into how narrations around the ecology and environment finds a major place in Oru Desathinte Katha. We look into the mesmerising natural landscapes that served as the backdrop for this extraordinary novel. Discover the changes that have unfolded over the past five decades, leaving their indelible mark on these captivating settings. Immerse yourself in the evolving beauty of the places that fuelled the author's imagination, gaining a deeper appreciation for the dynamic relationship between nature and literature.





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