|Writer O V Vijayan|
The success of the novel was once again underlined when in 2013 the government of Kerala took the initiative to establish an OV vijayan Cultural Complex in Thassarack. Had the pilgrimage to the place been undertaken only by the literary aspirants from the later generations, who got drunk by the language that has the transparency and potency of country liquor that OV Vijayan had invented for writing. 'Khasakk', today people come there because they just want to be there and inhale the same air that author and the characters who were born out of him inhaled, waked the same paths that they walked and above all feel the love, desire, philosophical and existential turbulence that they felt. That's the kind of influence that Khasakk had and still having on the Malayali psyche. Years ago, N S Madhavan, a contemporary story writer had even made an attempt to find the economic structure of Khasakk. And he did find it out: brewing country liquor.
|Writer O V Vijayan|
The characters that Vijayan had created in his masterpiece were already given visual forms by senior illustrators ike AS Nair in Mathrubhoomi weekly where the novel was first serialised in 1968. Characters in Kerala's modern literature became strongly etched in the reader's minds both by the verbal picture and the illustrations made to 'portray' them. Like the characters created by Vaikom Mohammed Basheer who had been immortalised by the artist MV Devan and the character of VKN sent to eternity by Namboothiri, Vijayan's characters too were immortalised by AS Nair.
|Book Cover - Khasakkinthe Ithihaasam|
Here too Khasakk was different from Basheer's and VKN's works. The readers did not want to limit the visualisation of those characters with what AS Nair had articulated. They wanted their own characters. Perhaps that is why literary critics still attempt studies on Khasakk and the artists try their hand at recreating those characters. More than the writers, in Kerala have a painting to be chewed upon again and again, the artists in Kerala have 'Khasakk' in their minds to create their own repertoire of characters from the novel.
|Poster of the drama of Khasakkinthe Ithihaasam|
|Young artist Rejeesh Sarovar working on Khasakk|