Many eminent personalities condoled the demise of great Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, union minister V Muraleedharan, MP Shashi Tharoor, writer M N Karassery, actor Prithviraj, writer Subhash Chandran and others expressed their grief over the poet's demise.
"The passing of Mahakavi Akkitham is a great loss for Indian literature and Malayalam poetry. With roots firm on Indian thought, he played a role in bringing modern sensibility to Malayalam poetry," Governor Arif Mohammed Khan tweeted condoling the poet's death.
MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted remembering how unwell the writer was while receiving the Jnanpith award a few weeks ago and condoled the demise.
Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan stated in a tweet that Akkitham's passing is an irreplaceable loss to contemporary Malayalam literature.
Writer and critic M N Karassery remembered how Akkitham redefined the caste concepts in the society through his writing. He used simple words and followed a rhythm while penning poetry. His writing shows a commitment towards the downtrodden and keeps up the beauty of colloquial language, Karassery said while grieving the demise of Akkitham.
Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran also tweeted condoling the death of the Malayalam poet.
Writer Subhash Chandran took to Facebook to grieve the death of Akkitham. He shared a picture of the poet along with a few lines from his poem.
Jnanpith laureate Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri passed away on Thursday morning due to age related ailments. The 94-year-old poet was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Thrissur.