Famend Malayalam poet and Jnanpith award winner Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, who is alleged to have heralded modernism in Malayalam poetry, died at a non-public hospital on Thursday. He was 94.
A widower, the Mahakavi (nice poet), as he was recognized, leaves two sons and 4 daughters. Hospital sources mentioned he was admitted for age associated illnesses a few days in the past.
Popularly generally known as Akkitham, his ”Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam” (Epic of the 20th Century) is taken into account as one of many first actually modernist poems in Malayalam literature. A preferred verse – ”Velicham dukhamanunni, thamasallo sukhapradam”, which is roughly translated as “mild brings sorrow, my baby, darkness is bliss” is sort of a proverb for Keralites. Additionally it is interpreted as “worldly data is ache my baby, ignorance is bliss.”
He penned round 45 books, comprising poetry anthologies, performs and quick tales together with ”Balidarsanam” (The Imaginative and prescient of Bali), ”Arangettam”, ”Nimisha Kshetram”, ”Idinju Polinja Lokam”, ”Amrita Ghatika”, and ”Kalikkottilil” and plenty of extra.
Akkitham had bagged the Jnanpith award, the very best literary award, and is the sixth author to deliver the honour for Malayalam literature. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the award was introduced to him final month at a operate at his residence in Kumaranalloor in Palakkad district.
On September 24, the legendary Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri was introduced the Jnanpith Award at residence since he was too unwell to gather it personally. Three weeks later, the nice author has handed away. His phrases reside on. Om shanti! pic.twitter.com/ozszjM79jl
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Among the many quite a few awards which got here his means are Padma Shri, Ezhuthachan Award, Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry, Odakkuzhal Award, Vallathol Award and the Vayalar Award.
Born on March 18, 1926 in a conventional Namboothiri household, Akkitham, was a real Gandhian, social reformer and journalist, and had labored as an editor in varied magazines earlier than becoming a member of the All India Radio (AIR) in 1956 at Kozhikode.