Poet Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri passes away
Thiruvananthapuram: Poet Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri passed away at the age of 81 at his residence Sreevalli Illam at Thycaud here on Thursday. He was one of the widely acclaimed poets of contemporary Malayalam literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours including Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour in India.
He was born on June 2, 1939 at Iringolil in Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta district. A postgraduate in English, Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri had worked as English professor in colleges in Kozhikode, Kollam, Pattambi, Ernakulam, Trippunithura, Chittur and Thiruvananthapuram. After retirement, he also served as a priest in his ancestral temple.
Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri's works are known for their blend of tradition and modernity. His major works include ‘Swaathandhryathe Kurich Oru Geetham’, ‘Aparaajitha’, ‘Aaranyakam’, ‘India Enna Vikaram’, ‘Ujjayiniyile Raappakalukal’, ‘Bhoomigeethangal’, ‘Mukhamevite’, ‘Charulatha’ and ‘Athirthiyilekkoru Yaathra’.
Major awards he received include Padma Shri, Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, Vayalar Award, Vallathol Award, Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Mathrubhumi Literary Award and Odakkuzhal Award.
Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri is survived by wife Savithri and daughters Adithi and Aparna.