by George J. Dance

Govinda Chettur

Govinda Krishna Chettur (1898-1936) and Subhadra Chettur. Courtesy PoemHunter.

Govinda Krishna Chettur (April 24, 1898 - March 3, 1936) was an Indian poet who wrote in English.[1]


Chettur was born the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. P.K. Krishna Menon.[2] He was educated at Madras Christian College and New College, Oxford. At Oxford he was a member of the Lotus Club, and the Oxford Majlis; through the latter society he met W.B. Yeats, to whom he dedicated his 1st collection of poetry.[1] He graduated from Oxford with an M.A. in 1921.[2]

In 1922 Chettur became the principal of the Government College at Mangalore, Karnataka, India. In 1925 he married his wife, Subhadra, who bore him x daughter, Padmini.[2]

He died in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, of cancer, aged 37.[3]



  • Sounds and Images: Poems (illustrated by Winifred Casson). London: Erskine Macdonald, 1921.
  • Gumataraya, and other sonnets for all moods. Mangalore: Basel Mission Bookshop, 1932.
  • The Temple Tank, and other poems. Mangalore: Basel Mission Bookshop, 1932.
  • The Triumph of Love: A sonnet sequence. Mangalore: Basel Mission Bookshop, 1932.
  • The Shadow of God: A sonnet sequence. London & Mangalore: Longman, 1934.
  • Altars of Silence: Themes for meditation and prayer. Mangalore: 1935.[4]

Short fictionEdit

  • The Ghost City: Tales. Mangalore: Basel Mission Bookshop, 1932.[4]


  • The Last Enchantment: Recollections of Oxford. Mangalore: Basel Mission Bookshop, 1934.[4]
He And She (Govinda Krishna Chettur Poem)

He And She (Govinda Krishna Chettur Poem)

Except where noted, bibliographic information courtesy the University of Toronto.[2]

See also Edit



  1. 1.0 1.1 Govinda Krishna Chettur, Making Britain, Open University. Web, June 1, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Recollections by V. M. Padmini Chettur (October 2006)" Selected Poetry of Govinda Krishna Chettur (1898-1936), Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto,, Web, Nov. 17, 2011.
  3. Govinda Krishna Chettur (1898-1936), Geni. Web, June 1, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Search results = au:Govinda Krishna Chettur, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 1, 2014.

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