P. M. Taj

P. M. Taj
P. M. Taj
Born January 3, 1956(1956-01-03)
Calicut, Kerala, India
Died 29 July 1990(1990-07-29) (aged 34)
Occupation Playwrite, script writer, Actor, Director
Language Malayalam
Nationality  India
Genres Fiction, Humour, Non-fiction

Puthiyara Maliyakkal Taj (Malayalam: പി. എം. താജ്) (3 January 1956 – 29 July 1990), popularly known as P. M. Taj, was an Indian creative writer, actor, screenwriter, and director in Malayalam theatre.[1] He was a prominent cultural figure in Kozhikode. Taj wrote many plays during his short span of life and won several awards including the Sakthi Award, instituted in memory of the progressive Malayalam writer Cherukad, and the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award twice.

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Early life

P. M. Taj was born in a typical middle class family in Kozhikode, Kerala as the eldest son of P. M. Alikoya, a businessman, and K. T. Asiya. He has three siblings; Iqbal, Jabeen, and Yasmin. He was also a nephew of the dramatist K. T. Muhammed.

Taj's education was mostly in Kozhikode. He attended the Sri Gujarathi Vidyala for his primary education and then studied at Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College for his higher education. During his school and college days, Taj won several awards in various cultural evets. He also had an active participation in college politics. After graduation he worked as an editor for two years in Yuvathara, a magazine published by DYFI. His debut drama was Perumbara, published in 1977. He married Bichu in 1986 and they have of two sons - Sonal and Vishal.

Selected works

His most famous plays include: Kudukka Athava Vishakkunnavante Vedantam, Kanallattom, Ravvunni, Pavathan Nadu, Perumbara, Mary Lawrence, Thalasthanathuninn Oru Vaarthayumilla, Kurukan Kunjaammante Vaal, Perumkallan, Priyapetta Avivahidhan, Chakram, Aalmarattam, Ambalakaalla, Uthram Thirunallinte Kalpana Pole, Ennum Ennum Priyapetta Amma, and Agraharam.

Myths and folklore had an influence on Taj, but he used them to send a different message in a modern context. Some of his characters like, Ravunni, become part of a sad and bitter tale about globalization.

Films

Awards and recognitions

  • Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award in 1982 for Kudukka the gospel of hungry man
  • Cherukaad Smaraka Shakthi Award in 1983
  • Akilendhya Nadaka Award in 1983
  • Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy Award in 1989 for Paavathan Naad
  • Calicut University took Perumbara as reference book in 1990
  • Kerala University took Kudukka The gospel of hugry man as reference book in 2011

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