Legendary Poet and Jnanpeeth Awardee Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri Passes Away

Legendary Poet and Jnanpeeth Awardee Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri Passed Away. He was 94 years old. He was admitted to a private hospital in Thrissur on Monday and died while being treated in the intensive care unit. The twentieth-century epic is remembered for his eighty-year long poetic career.

The man who introduced “meaningful modernism” several decades ago in Malayalam poetry, Akkitham is the only living poet being called Mahakavi (great poet) in Malayalam. Malayalis across the world had celebrated it when Akkitham became the sixth writer to bring Jnanpith Award to Malayalam literature in November last year.