Nooranad Haneef was a prominent Malayalam novelist and literary figure from Kerala, India.
He was active in the social and cultural arena of Kollam and kept warm relations with
people irrespective of classes. An author of 32 works including 24 novels and a recipient
of the London-based Twentieth Century Literary Award, Kaumudi Readers Club Award,
Gramasree Award and Raja Ravi Varma Memorial Award. Haneef was active in the
social and cultural arenas of Kollam. Besides penning novels that mirrored common
man's life and his feelings, he served as a teacher and member of many social-
literary associations including Kerala Sahitya Academy, Samastha Kerala
Sahithya Parishad and Sahitya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sangam.
Haneef was born to Thampi Ravuthar and Sulekha, on 20 February 1935 at
Nooranad, Alappuzha in Kerala. His childhood days were spent in the village
of Nooranad where he attended Athikkattukulangara LP School and Nooranad
UP School and further pursued his schooling at Adoor High School.
After graduating from NSS College, Pandalam, he started teaching Malayalam
at various institutions finally settling at West Quilon Govt. High School,
Mulamkadakom, Kollam where he continued teaching for over 35 years. He
denied promotions during this period to focus more on his writing. He also
headed the teacher’s association and actively involved in the activities of
Public Library and Research Centre, Kollam, Kalavedi Vayanasala and many
other social and literary circles. His first novel Theeram kanatha thiramalakal
(Breakers without a shore) was published in the year 1967. Renowned writer
Krishna Chaithanya compared the work to the famous novel "Chemmeen" by
Thakazhi in his book A history of Malayalam literature (1995, Orient Longman
Ltd). He went on to write 24 novels apart from travelogues and children’s literature.
Chenkolillathe Kireedamillathe his 50th year work based on the life of Muhammed
Nabi was discussed length and breadth among readers of Kerala.
Haneef’s works adamantly voiced the social responsibilities in an increasingly
power polarized society. He poignantly portrayed the emotional subtleties of the
human mind and rendered life with its entire flavor. He died on August 5, 2006
after a brief period of ailment. He was survived by his wife, Ameena, and son,
M M Ansari, daughter-in-law Shaila Ansari, Grand children Anees M M and Ancy
Ansari. Mrs Jameela khan is the only sister and Late Mr. M M Khan his brother-in-law
The Nooranad Hanif Anusmarana Samithi was set up later that year and institutes
literary award for young writers in memory of the late novelist.
A literary award for young writers has been instituted in memory of the late novelist
Nooranad Hanif. The award will be given for novels this year.
Those below 40 years of age, who had their works published during 2008, 2009, and
2010, are eligible for the award that carries a cash prize of Rs.12,221.
Source : nooranadhaneef.com