Malayalam poet Kadammanitta passes away

March 31st, 2008 - 1:52 pm ICT by admin  

Pathanamthitta (Kerala), March 31 (IANS) Eminent Malayalam poet and litterateur M.R. Ramakrishna Panikkar, popularly known as Kadammanitta, died at a private hospital here Monday. He was 73. A Kerala Sahithya Academy award winner, Kadammanitta had been ailing for some time. He is survived by his wife Santha, one son and a daughter, both doctors.

Kadammanitta shot into prominence with his style of reciting his own poems in a powerful manner, endearing himself to many progressives.

His childhood experiences, especially the Patayani songs, influenced his literary works strongly. With his thought provoking poems, he became one of the voices of rebellion in modern Malayalam literature.

He worked in the postal department till he retired in 1992. Kadammanitta was closely associated with the State Library Council and also served as its president.

In 1996 he was elected from the Aranmula constituency as an independent candidate supported by the Left Democratic Front.

During his college days, he was involved with the Student Federation of India (SFI) as well as the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

In 1992, he became the vice president of the Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham (Progressive Association for Art and Letters), and in 2002 its president.

Kadammanitta’s funeral is likely to take place Tuesday.

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