KOCHI: Be it an element of nature or other inanimate objects, everything has emotions and life in Sivadas Purameri’s poems, where nature, especially the rain, is often an important element. And in his new anthology of poems with the beautiful title ‘Mazha Nanayunna Veyil’ (The sunshine that is getting wet in the rain), which was recently released at the Biblio International Book Fair, Sivadas conveys emotions, thoughts, concerns and messages through nature or its elements.
Written in a simple style, each of the poems in ‘Mazha Nanayunna Veyil’ gives different meanings or offers new connections to what is explicitly conveyed in each read. Built up on the observations on nature, each poem evokes a nostalgic and a pleasant feeling, prompting to a second read even in the case of those concerning with the emotion of pain.
“Poems are my means to express emotions, reactions or other concerns which may be related to social issues or something else and I never think of publishing it or conveying the feelings or messages to others while writing them. And later when I think about publishing them, I work on them and beautify them to make it worth publishing,” he says.
“I cannot forcefully write a poem. It comes on its own when something strikes me. It may be an observation on nature or some incidents in life that I come across,” he adds.
‘Mazha Nanayunna Veyil’ is the third book of Sivadas, a native of Purameri, whose first work, ‘Chornolikkunna Muri’ had won numerous awards, including the Joseph Mundasseri Award in 2004. His second book, ‘Chilatharam Viralukal’ had also received awards such as the Abhudhabi Sakthi Award and the Moodadi Damodaran Award. He has also written songs in the national award winning movie ‘Byari’ in Byari language.
On his simple writing style, Sivadas says, “Writing in simple language without losing the poem in it is quite difficult and will be the most enjoyable ones and I am trying to write in that way.”
One of the poems, ‘Premalekhanam’ in the anthology has human characters and talks about the restrictions posed by the present society against intercaste love affairs. About the work, he says, “I am really concerned about the present situation in the state where religion or similar factors are restricting the beautiful human emotion, love. The evil forces that pretend to stand for religion are even developing polarisation among the youth, making them caste concerned. I believe that everyone should have the right to love anyone of his choice and I could not resist myself from writing a poem on the concerns.”
The anthology is presented to poet Vinayachandran, besides carrying two poems on Madhavikutty and A Ayyappan. Sivadas says, “I personally know them and really love their works. One of the poems titled ‘Adhava Marannalum’ in the book was written when Vinayachandran passed away. I know Madhavikutty from my college days. I wrote a poem about her and sent it to her. She replied to me and we had then met several times.”