M. T Vasudevan Nair
Popularly known as M.T, M T Vasudevan Nair is a veteran writer in modern Malayalam literature, and is one of the masters of post-Independence Indian literature. He is also a screenplay writer and Film Director. His debut novel Naalukettu had won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1958. In 1973, M. T. made his directorial debut with Nirmalyam which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. MT scripted and directed many more films including the award-winning Bandhanam, Kadavu and Oru Cheru Punchiri. He was awarded the highest literary award in India, Jnanapith, in 1995 for his overall contribution to Malayalam literature. In 2005, M T Vasudevan Nair was awarded the Padma Bhushan - India`s third highest civilian award. He recently published a collection of memoirs, ‘Bear With Me, Amma: Memoirs of M.T. Vasudevan Nair’.