Special mention for Manorama’s digital book on MT

Kottayam: A Digital Book published by Manorama Books won a Special Mention for Best Feature Book at the 68th National Film Awards announced Friday. The work MT – Anubhavaganlude Pusthakam, which gives a comprehensive and powerful account of the colorful literary life of writer MT Vasudevan Nair, was designed by Anoop Ramakrishnan who was design coordinator of Malayala Manorama.

Anoop, who had a perfect spiritual relationship with MT, designed the book in digital form. It captures MT’s literary career spanning more than five decades.

The Odia book Kali Paine Kalira Cinema also received a special mention.

“MT – Anubhavaganlude Pusthakam” can undoubtedly be considered as the first multimedia book in Malayalam. It is an abridged version of the MT-yude Lokangal DVD collection previously published in book form by Malayala Manorama.

Anoop Ramakrishan from “Sarovaram” in Pavangad in Kozhikode died on December 7, 2021 at the age of 52. He was the son of Puthenveettil Ramakrishnan and Meera Anoop.

Innovative work

The book is known for its innovative efforts. The novelty can be seen everywhere, starting with the bold decision not to use the image of MT Vasudevan Nair, a person who has touched the pinnacle of fame, as the cover photo. A portrait fitting as a background for the MT-written and directed film “Kadavu” found its expression on the cover. Strikingly, the design focus on the front page was on the two alphabets in the nickname MT. Such bold and groundbreaking initiatives have given the multimedia book a special beauty.

The content of the book is divided into three parts. The unique multimedia experience created by the combination of sound and image together with the beauty of the written part gives you a whole new feeling.

The first part contains the excerpts of interviews conducted by famous personalities on different occasions with MT. Around 271 people, including personalities from cinema and literature as well as his close friends and relatives, share their profound personal memories of this literary giant in this segment. Remembering special moments with MT by people from different walks of life such as Sukumar Azhikode, ONV Kurup, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mammotty, Mohanlal and Mehaboob Koodallur brings to the fore the creative and personal areas of MT’s eventful life. The special feature of this segment is that readers can hear these personalities via a QR code.

The second segment, entitled “Dialogues,” covers the written format of the interviews conducted by three personalities: Mammootty, who made many MT characters memorable on screen; artist Namboothiri, who has sketched many portraits in magazines and journals covering many realistic situations from MT’s novels and stories; and Ashwathi Sreekant, MT’s younger daughter and dancer. All three interviews are special as they each bring out the best in the otherwise introverted MT. The informal nature of the interactions makes it all the more special. The corresponding pictures are also given together with the written text. The links with the corresponding QR codes for viewing the interviews are also provided.

The third segment contains the scripts of five short films made about MT’s life. The short films “Oru Kadavinte Katha” and “Nirmalyam – Vishakkatha Daivathinu” show the stories behind the making of MT’s films “Kadavu” and “Nirmalyam” respectively. The short film Appunniyude Yathrakal explores MT’s critically acclaimed novel Nalukettu. Vanaprastha Vazhikal delves deep into MT’s spiritual journey to Kudajadri that led to the writing of the story Vanaprastham. “Enganumundo Kandu?” is a short film that looks back on the story of “Pariyanam”, a film directed by Hariharan and based on the screenplay by MT.

These scripts for the short films, which were completed after extensive research, are characterized by their authenticity and feel. Many personalities such as Kamal Haasan and Ajitha were involved in designing these typefaces. Aside from reading these scripts and enjoying the accompanying images, a reader can watch any of these short films live on their mobile phone, tablet or laptop after scanning the respective QR code.

The book “MT – Anubhavangalude Pusthakam” stands out for appealing to all Malayalees who love MT and all who love Malayalam even if they can’t follow the language.

“MT – Anubhavangalude Pusthakam”

Editing & Design: Anoop Ramakrishnan

Publisher: Manorama Books

Pages: 530, Price: Rs 780.

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