V. T. Bhattathiripad

V. T. Bhattathiripad

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V. T. Bhattathiripad Profile

  • Name:
  • V. T. Bhattathiripad
  • Other Name:
  • Vellithruthi Thazhathu Karutha Patteri Raman Bhattathiripad
  • Born:
  • March 26, 1896

V. T. Bhattathiripad Biography

V. T. Bhattathiripad, simply called VT was a social worker, critic, freedom fighter and the author of the landmark work of Malayalam literature – a play titled ‘AdukkalayilNinnuArangathekku’ which literally means ‘From Kitchen to social life’. This play was first one in Malayalam to have a definite and concrete social objective and was staged as part of a very powerful social reformist movement led by NamboodiriYogakshema Sabhawhich stood for woman freedom and equality, mostly of Brahmin community. In those days ladies belonging to conservative Brahmin society didn’t enjoy freedom and were not allowed to be a part of social life. Rather, they were allowed to spend their whole life inside home and kitchen, busy with homemaking. 

VellithruthiThazhathuKaruthaPatteri Raman Bhattathiripad is his full name. He was born at Kidangoor near Angamalion March 26, 1896. Year 1929 is very significant in the social reforms of Kerala. It was September 23, 1929 ‘AdukkalayilNinnuArangathekku’ was staged for the first time. It was staged in Dombivli west KumbharkhanpadaThunchanSmaraka Hall and entry was free, marking a new beginning in the cultural renaissance of Kerala. This play which exposed the regressive policies of Namboothiri communities made people think and still now, this work is regarded as a classic. 

He stood in front to eradicate many social evils that existed in society and made an impact on several conservative practises in his community as well. He conducted the first mixed-race marriage in the Brahmin society. V. T promoted widow remarriage of Namboodiri community and worked for women empowerment and also known as the initiator of the progressive theater movement of Kerala.

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Updated: November 02, 2015

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