Malayalm writer UA Khader passed away in Kozhikode,today.He was 85.He had been under treatment at a private hospital in Kozhikode.
U. A. Khader was born in 1935, on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, in Bilin, Mon State, near Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar). His father Ussangaantakathu Moithootti Haji came from Quilandy, Kerala, India, while his mother Mamaidi was Burmese in origin. Mamaidi died three days after the birth of Khader, infected by small pox.
However, the boy was well taken care of. On the outbreak of Second World War few years later, the boy and the family were forced to flee their dwelling in Burma to safer zones. At the age of seven, Khader returned to India and grew as a Malayali at his father’s native place in Quilandy.
He had his schooling from Koyilandy High School and obtained a degree in painting from the Madras College of Arts.
Khader got in touch with writers such as K. A. Kodungalloor and social figures such as C. H. Mohammed Koya during his days as a student in Madras, which happened to be a turning point in his life. It was C. H. Mohammed Koya who initiated him into the world of reading by giving him Vaikom Muhammed Basheer’s Balyakalasakhi.
Khader’s first story was published in Chandrika weekly in 1953. The story was based on a real-life incident in which the author had to sell his watch to buy a dinner set as a wedding present for a friend. Khader had written quite harshly about his father and step-mother when he put the story to paper. He handed over the story to C. H. Mohammed Koya, who had it tweaked before publishing it in Chandrika. Koya’s message to Khader was that story writing was not about writing ill of others.
He was the president of Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham, an organization of artists, writers and art and literature enthusiasts based in Kerala. His latest novel Shathru was released in 2011 January. In his travelogue Ormakalude Pegoda, which was serialised in Madhyamam Weekly from 2012 January, he describes his nostalgic experiences when he visited his hometown Yangon after a long gap of nearly 70 years.
U.A. Khader-Unparalleled personality in the world of Malayalam literature. Minister. A. K. Shashindran.
Kozhikode: UA Khader was the owner of an unparalleled personality in the world of Malayalam literature,said Transport Minister A.K.Saseendran recalled.
He was a writer who touched the heartbeat of the Malayalees.
The U.S. has always sided with the left progressive movements. In his commemoration, the minister said that U A. Khader would always be in the minds of the Malayalees.