Jeyamohan – The Master

NAGERCOIL: Jeyamohan, a screenplay writer of 2.0 and the upcoming magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan as the cinema industry knows him; a pro-Hindutva for the mainstream politicians and media of hardcore Dravidian belt of Tamil Nadu; the writer of engaging short story Yaanai Doctor (Elephant Doctor) and Aram (Virtue) for the commercial Tamil literary world. He neither cares about these addresses nor takes the applause from them. He concentrates on producing artistic literature that differs from the mainstream popular literature of the land.

Bahuleyan Jeyamohan was born on 22, April 1962 in Nagercoil to a Malayali Nair family. He is a Tamil & Malayalam language writer and literary critic of modern literature. But his major works were in Tamil. He travelled extensively across the length and breadth of India in his youth. He was the disciple of Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, an Advaita Vedanti. Guru Nitya was a disciple of Nataraja Guru, the successor to Narayana Guru. In his early days, he worked in BSNL and pursued his literary passion. Later he was completely involved in literary activities. His classical works predominantly lie on Indian philosophical thought which deeply relies upon the stream of consciousness like Vishnupuram, Kotravai and  Venmurasu.

His works Rubber, Pin thodarum Nizhalin Kural, Eazham Ulagam, Vellai Yaanai stands tall in the postmodern literature of Tamil. He transforms Indian classical literature into the modern world. One such epic is Venmurasu, a modern retelling of the classic Mahabharatham. It is one of the longest written novels in the world containing 26,000 pages in 26 parts. Its inspiration came from various translations of the Mahabharatha which he read and watched and its universal influence on the culture and language of India across all regions and languages. He also did the same in Kotravai, a modern retelling of the ancient Tamil epic Silappadikaram.

A good critic cannot always be a good writer but a good writer will definitely be a good critic. Jeyamohan is well versed in both ancient and modern Indian literature & art. He is aware of the historical and philosophical continuity of the subcontinent. Apart from that he has sound knowledge of western literature & art and travels extensively across the globe.

Being an avid reader, a good critic and an impeccable writer he advocates, “Art for Art’s sake” and there should not be any political, social, economical prejudiced view of society on the work and the author. Despite being influenced by politics, Art and literature should not take a stand on politics. This may lead to the destruction of art and will finally make a good writer a party member resulting in the loss of a creator.

He upholds the freedom of speech and expression and if asked he may quote these lines from ancient Indian texts and not from the modern cliche of attributing it to the western thinkers.

He associated himself with the various ideological groups from the leftists while staying in Trivandrum Commune in Kerala to rightists for which his hometown takes a compliment. He never took sides and followed the path of virtue. He is an ardent Gandhian and supported Anna Hazare’s Lokpal movement. Above all, he is a nationalist and he loves India’s rich culture & heritage through its diversity which reflects in his works.

As TS Eliot says in his “Tradition and the individual talent”, ‘The historical sense,  which is a  sense of the timeless as well as of the temporal and of the timeless and of the temporal together, is what makes a  writer traditional. And it is at the same time what makes a  writer most acutely conscious of his place in time, his contemporaneity’ is exactly written for him.

In the early 2000s, he started a webpage where his works and readers’ letters were made public. Vishnupuram literary circle was created by his readers which conducts regular literary gatherings. The recent “Illam Thedi Kalvi” (Education to the home) scheme was first proposed by him as a suggestion to the TN government on his website.

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