Author Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
Country India
Language Malayalam
Genre Play
Publisher DC Books
Publication date
May 1945
Pages 76
OCLC 311460123

Kathabeejam (The Germ of a Story) is a one-act play written by Malayalam language author Vaikom Muhammad Basheer.[1] The play was written by Basheer in a period of few weeks and was conceived for the 16th anniversary of Samastha Kerala Sahitya Parishath.[2] It was published as a book in May 1945 and was Basheer's only play. The protagonist of the play is a writer named Sadasivan.


  1. Satchidanandan (February 2008). "Sultan of story: A birth centenary tribute to Vaikom Mohammed Basheer who picked up his tales from life's poetry". Frontline. 25 (2). Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  2. P. K. Parameswaran Nair (1967). History of Malayalam literature. p. 161.

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