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Noted Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Nampoothiri wins 55th Jnanpith award


Noted Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Nampoothiri wins 55th Jnanpith award

 


Eminent Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Nampoothiri has been chosen for the 55th Jnanpith Award, the Jnanpith Selection Board announced.

The Jnanpith Selection Board has announced the recipient of the 55th Jnanpith Award for the year 2019.

Born in 1926, Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, popularly known as Akkitham is one of the most revered names in Malayalam poetry.

Apart from poetry, his literary excellence has footprints in genres like drama, reminiscence, critical essays, children literature, short stories and translation.

Akkitham has authored 55 books out of which 45 are collections of poems including "Khanda Kavyas", "Katha Kavyas", "Charitha Kavyas" and songs.

Some of his celebrated creations include "Veeravadam", "Balidarsanam", "Nimisha Kshethram", "Amrita Khatika", "Akkitham Kavithaka", "Epic of Twentieth Century" and "Antimahakalam".

A Padma Shri awardee, he has won several literary accolades including the Sahitya Akademi Award (1973), Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (1972 and 1988), Mathrubhumi Award, Vayalar Award, and Kabir Samman.

His works have also been translated into many Indian and foreign languages.

Source: TImes Of India