Dr Vellayani Arjunan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Popular linguist and writer Dr Vellayani Arjunan passed away on Wednesday. He was 90. He had been undergoing treatment at a private hospital. The funeral will be held at 8 pm.
Vellayani Arjunan was honoured with the country's fourth highest Indian civilian award, Padma Shri, in 2008. He rose to popularity through his own efforts and served as a teacher and educationist.
An author of over 40 books of different genres including poetry, short stories, children's fiction, essays, literary criticism, research articles and so on, Arjunan had the credit of having post graduations in Malayalam, English and Hindi and PG diplomas in Telugu, Kannada and Tamil.
He began his illustrious career as a research assistant in Kerala Lexicon Department and later became a Malayalam faculty at SN College in Kollam.
He rose to the position of the head of the Department of Modern Indian Languages at Aligarh Muslim University years later.
He also served as the director of the state Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications, the state Institute of Languages and the School of Communication and Information Science at Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam.
Arjunan received Padma Shri for his overall contributions in various fields in 2008.
He is survived by wife Radhamani, children and grandchildren.