Legendary Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri passed away at a private hospital in Kerala’s Thrissur on Thursday. He was 94 years old.
He was undergoing treatment for age-related ailments at a private hospital in Thrissur for the past few days. Akkitham was conferred with the Jnanpith award, the country’s highest literary honour, in September last year.
The poet was instrumental in heralding modernism in Malayalam poetry. He had authored over 40 works, including poetry, short stories, plays, translations and essays.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan condoled the sad demise of Mahakavi Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, Gyanpeeth winner. “He represented the loftiest ideals of poetic tradition, with the utmost respect for Indian values and tradition deeply reflecting in his poems”, he said.
The Kerala governor termed the demise of Akkitham, a great loss for Indian literature and Malayalam Poetry. He said Akkitham’s poetry played a huge role in bringing a modern sensibility.
“The passing of Mahakavi Akkitham is a great loss for Indian literature and Malayalam Poetry. With roots firm on Indian thought, he played a role in bringing a modern sensibility to Malayalam poetry. My condolence,” PRO, Kerala Rajbhavan said on Twitter.