Sanskrit scholar and teacher KP Achutha Pisharady passes away
Pattambi: Sanskrit scholar and teacher K P Achutha Pisharady (109) passed away on Monday morning. He has been bedridden for a long period owing to age-related illness.
Achutha Pisharady is the last disciple of Punnasserry Nambi Neelakandasharma. His elder brother Narayana Pisharady was his first guru. After taking lessons from his elder brother, Achutha Pisharady joined Punnasserry Nambi’s Sanskrit school and studied there for four years before winning Sahithya Shiromani.
In 1939, he joined Peringottukara school as a Sankrit teacher. Before this, he taught at a school near his house in Kulamukku as per the instruction of Chellu Ezhuthachan.
Achutha Pisharady was born in 1911 as the son of Manakkal Pashupathy Namboodiri and Pisharath Narayanikkutty Pisharasyar. He taught in 8 educational institutions including Pavaratty Sanskrit college, Chembra High School, Kozhikode St. Josephs, Kozhikode Ganapath High School. In 2011, he received ‘Devipurskaram’ from Samudiri king.
In 2012, Viswasamskritha Prathishtan honoured him with ‘Panditharatnam’ award.