Poet, littérateur, journalist and editor who works with traditional as well as electronic media, lyricist, Social activist – Prabha Varma has been all of these. The late Prof. M. Krishnan Nair, an eminent critic, wrote 'Prabha Varma is a born poet'. His poems are composed of a confluence of tradition and modernity. The multi-faceted litterateur has published nine collections of poems, three novels in verse,four books on the contemporary socio-political milieu and literature, four collections of essays in criticism, a study on the media, and a travelogue.
His first collection of poems was Sourparnika, published in 1990. It won for him the prestigious Vyloppilli Award and also the Ankanam Award. His second anthology Arkkapoornima came out soon afterwards, and at the age of 37, he won the Kerala Sahitya Academy award for it. This was followed by poetical collections like Chandananazhi, Aaardram, Kalaprayaga, Avicharitham, Manjinotu Veyil Enna Poleyum, and Aparigraham.The film songs Oru Chembaneer Pooviruthu(2003), Poonthen nermozhi etc became instantaneous hits. His magnum - opus SHYAMA MADHAVAM a novel in verse, is a 15 chapter kaavyakhyayika.