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Staff Reporter

Thrissur: C.V. Sreeraman, writer and Kerala Sahitya Akademi vice-president, died at a private hospital here on Wednesday. He was 74. He was being treated for liver and renal problems. The end came around 5.30 p.m.

The breadth of his experience as a lawyer and government official helped him create a richly imaginative body of work. He drew upon a rich and varied source of imagery and subject matter.

Some of his brilliant stories were set outside Kerala — in Kolkata, Andamans and Tamil Nadu. He had worked in Andamans for seven years as an officer in charge of the rehabilitation of East Bengal refugees. The experience yielded the story, ‘Vasthuhaara’. G. Aravindan later made it into a film. Displacement and isolation are dominant themes in Sreeraman’s oeuvre.

The visual quality of his narration attracted filmmakers. Apart from ‘Vasthuhaara’, the films, ‘Chidambaram’ (G. Aravindan), ‘Purushartham’ (K.R. Mohanan) and ‘Ponthan Mada’ (T.V. Chandran) were based on Sreeraman’s stories. His stories were intelligently told and suffused with humanism.

His works include ‘Puthuma Illathavarude Nagaram.’ ‘Chidambaram.’ ‘Kshurasyadhara.’ ‘Theerthakkavadi,’ ‘Dukhitarude Dukham,’ ‘Puramkazhchakal,’ ‘Vasthuhara,’ ‘Chakshu Sravanagalasthamam’ and ‘Entosy Valiamma.’ His stories were translated into English and German, and several Indian languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi and Oriya.

Sreeraman was a recipient of the Kendra Sahitya Akademi and Kerala Sahitya Akademi awards (1983).

Born on February 7, 1933, at Cheruthuruthy to Velappan and Janaki, C.V. Sreeraman spent a part of his childhood in Sri Lanka. He studied in Government High School, Kunnamkulam; T.M. H. S., Perumbilavu; St. Thomas College, Thrissur; St. Aloysius College, Mangalore; and Law College, Chennai.

A Left sympathiser, he had served as president of the Porkkulam panchayat and Chovannur Block panchayat. He was a member of the Kerala Sahitya Executive Committee from 1988 to 1991.

The body will be kept at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi (8 a.m to 11 a.m.) and the Kunnamkulam Town Hall (12 noon to 1 p.m.) on Thursday for the public to pay homage. It will be cremated at 5 p.m. at Porkkulam.

Condolences

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan paid rich tributes to C.V. Sreeman. Others who condoled his demise are the Speaker K. Radhakrishnan, CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, Education Minister M.A. Baby and Revenue Minister K.P. Rajedran.

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