Noted Malayalam writer Ashitha passes away
Thrissur: Noted Malayalam writer Ashitha passed away on Tuesday late night around 12.55 at a private hospital here. The 63-year-old writer was fighting a prolonged battle with cancer.
She was popular as short story writer, poet and translator. Born in 1956 at Pazhayannur in Thrissur, Ashitha completed her schooling in Delhi and Mumbai. She obtained graduation and post graduation in English Literature from Ernakulam Maharaja’s College.
She was a prominent writer among the female writers of post-modern Malayalam literature.
As a poet, she translated poems of Russian poets like Alexander Pushkin. She rewrote Ramayana and Aithihyamala for children.
Ashitha’s popular works include Ashithayude Kathakal, Apoornaviramangal, Vismaya Chhihnangal, Oru Sthreeyum Parayathathu, Kalluvecha Nunakal, Thathagatha, Meera Padunnu, Malayalam translation of Alexander Pushkin’s poems and so on.
An interview with Ashitha published in Mathrubhumi weekly received good response among readers.
She won the Kerala Sahithya Akademi award for best short story in 2015. The writer was also honoured with Edassery award, Padmarajan award, Lalithambika Antharjanam memorial award and Anganam award.