Well-known poet Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri died here on Thursday, family sources said. Namboothiri, 81, one of the widely acclaimed poets of contemporary Malayalam literature, was awarded the Padma Shri in 2014. He is also known as a linguist, orator and cultural thinker.
Born in Thiruvalla, a place in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, Namboothiri’s works are known for their blend of tradition and modernity. Family sources said he passed away in the afternoon at his residence here. He is also a recipient of several literary honours, including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award. Some of his noted works are are ‘Swaathandhryathe- Kurich Oru Geetham’, ‘Bhoomigeethangal’, ‘India Enna Vikaram’, ‘Aparaajitha’, ‘Aranyakam’, ‘Pranayageethangal’, Ujjayiniyile Rappakalukal’, among others. Major awards he received include Padma Shri, Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, Vayalar Award, Vallathol Award, Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya kademi Award, Mathrubhumi Literary Award and Odakkuzhal Award.