Mangaluru: Kannada novelist and translator Sara Aboobacker passed away on Tuesday in Mangaluru.
The 86-year-old writer was also an advocate for women’s rights in the Muslim community.
The Kasaragod-Chemnad native has bagged several awards in Kannada literature.
Her first notable book was 'Chandragiriya Theeradalli'. C Raghavan translated it into Malayalam titled ‘Chandragirikkarayil’.
Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah mourned her death on Twitter and said that it is an "irreparable loss to the literary world".
"She stuck to the values she believed in, bravely faced the opposition and was the voice of the Muslim world. The death of veteran literary figure Sara Aboobacker is an irreparable loss to the literary world. I share in the grief of her relatives and readers," the leader tweeted in Kannada.
She authored several other literary works, including "Vajragalu" (1988), "Suliyalli Sikkavaru" (1994), and "Panjara" (2004).
Sara’s husband Aboobacker was an engineer with the Karnataka Housing Board.
Her other significant works are 'Kadama Virama’ and ‘Sahana’. She has translated Madhavikutty’s ‘Manomi’ and PK Balakrishnan’s ‘Ini Njan Urangatte’ into Kannada.
Kannada actor Anu Prabhakar Mukherjee also took to Twitter to pay homage to the author.
"With love, let your novel Vajragalu 'Sara Vajra' become a movie. Our team is forever indebted to you. May your soul rest in peace," she wrote in Kannada.
Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka Syed Nasser Hussain called Abookbacker "the master of Kannada literature".
"The death of Nadoja Sara Abubakar, the master of Kannada literature, is an irreparable loss to the literary world. I share in the grief of the family and readers," the Congress leader said.