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S. Guptan Nair
|Born||22 August 1919|
Oachira, Kollam, Kerala, India
|Died||6 February 2006|
|Occupation||Writer, critic, speaker, educationist, scholar|
|Children||B Lakshmi Kumari, M.G Sasi Bhooshan and B Sudha Kumari|
S. Guptan Nair (22 August 1919 – 6 February 2006) was a well-known Malayalam writer, critic, scholar and educationist. He had authored more than 35 books. He also won popularity as an orator.
S. Guptan Nair was born at Oachira near Kayamkulam on 22 August 1919 to Sankara Pillai and Kali Amma.
He did his school education from Kayamkulam and passed out with BA Honours in Malayalam literature from Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram in 1941 and started his career as a Malayalam lecturer in University College in 1945. Thereafter he served at Brennen College, Thalassery; Maharajas College, Ernakulam and Government Victoria College, Palakkad. He served as University Grants Commission (UGC) professor and retired as Head of the Department of Malayalam from Calicut University in 1978. He was chairman of the Kerala Sahithya Akademi and the Sahithya Pravarthaka Cooperative Society (SPCS).
He was president of organizations like Kerala Sahitya Samithi, Margi, Vidhyabhyasa Sureksha Samithi and Shri. Chithirathirunal Granthashala. He also served as assistant director of Kerala Bhasha Institute and was the editor of publications like Malayali, Grandhalokham and Vigyana Kairali.
He married Bhagirathi Amma and had three children, B Lakshmi Kumari, M.G. Sasibhooshan and B Sudha Kumari.
S. Guptan Nair died in a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on 6 February 2006 due to respiratory illnesses at the age of 86.
Guptan Nair Award was established and endowed in 2007 in honor of S. Guptan Nair by S. Guptan Nair Foundation. The first award was presented to critic and writer M. Leelavathi. The 2009 award was won by social critic Sukumar Azhikode.
He is known for his simple and lucid writing style even when he dealt with abstruse literary topics. A multi-faceted personality, his interests included music, acting and sports. His essays are still favored by many in academic circles even now.