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Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri
Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri
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Born (1926-03-18) 18 March 1926 (age 94)
Kumaranellur, Palakkad
Died15 October 2020 [1]
West Fort Hi-Tech Hospital, Thrissur
Pen nameAkkitham
OccupationPoet, social worker
LanguageMalayalam
NationalityIndian
Notable works
  • Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam
  • Balidarshanam
  • Idinju Polinja Lokam
Notable awards
SpouseSreedevi Antharjanam
Children2 sons and 4 daughters
Relatives
Website
www.akkitham.in
Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri (19 March 1926-15 October 2020), popularly known as Akkitham, was an Indian poet and essayist of Malayalam language. Known for a simple and lucid style of writing, Akkitham is the 2019 recipient of India’s highest literary honour, the Jnanpith Award, and several other awards including Padma Shri, Ezhuthachan Award, Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry, Odakkuzhal Award, Vallathol Award, Vayalar Award and Aasan Prize.He died on 15 October 2020 in a private hospital in Trissur
Contents
1 Biography
2 Legacy
3 Awards and honours
4 Bibliography
4.1 Poetry
4.2 Essays and literary criticisms
4.3 Children's literature
4.4 Translations
4.5 Others
5 References
6 External links
Biography
Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri
Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri was born on March 18, 1926 at Amettikkara, near Kumaranallur in Palakkad district of the south Indian state of Kerala to Amettu Akkithathu Manayil Vasudevan Namboothiri and Checkur Manaykkal Parvathy Antharjanam. After schooling in Sanskrit, Astrology and Music, he did college education but did not complete his graduate degree course. He started his career as an editor of Unni Namboothiri magazine, which he used as a platform for his social activities. He also worked as an assistant editor at Mangalodayam and Yogakshemam magazines. In 1956, he joined the Kozhikode station of the All India Radio (AIR) where he served until 1975 after which he was transferred to the Thrissur station of the AIR. He was also associated with Anaadi, a literary initiative for popularising studies of Vedas.
Akkitham was married to Sreedevi Antharjanam and the couple have sons, Narayanan,Vasudevan and daughters: Sreeja,Indira,parvathy and Leela. The family lives in Amettikkara. Sreedevi Antharjanam, the wife of Akkitham, died on 13 March 2019, aged 85. Noted painter Akkitham Narayanan is his younger brother.
Legacy
Akkitham's literary works began to gain wide attention in the early 1950s and Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam (Epic of the 20th Century), a khandakavya is one of the first truly modernist poems in Malayalam literature, the book also won the Sanjayan Award in 1952. He has published around 45 books comprising poetry anthologies, plays and short stories. Balidarsanam (The Vision of Bali), Arangettam, Nimisha Kshetram, Idinju Polinja Lokam, Amritaghatika, and Kalikkottilil are some of his notable poetry anthologies. Upanayanam and Samavarttanam, two collections of essays, feature among the writings in prose. Sree Mahabhagavatham, his translation of Srimad Bhagavatam, composed of 14,613 verses, covers over 2,400 pages.
Akkitham has been involved in social reform activities and through his association with Yogakshema Sabha, he has strived to bring in reforms in the lives of the Namboothiri Brahmins of Kerala. He was associated with various centres in Thirunavaya, Kadavallur and Thrissur, for the promotion of vedic studies. He was also associated with the Paliyam Sathyagraha, a peaceful protest against untouchability in 1947.
Awards and honours
Akkitham received the Sanjayan Award in 1952, for his work, Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry in 1971 for Balidarshanam. He received two major honours in 1973, the Sahitya Akademi Award for Balidarshanam and the Odakkuzhal Award for Nimisha Kshetram. He was selected for the Asan Smaraka Kavitha Puraskaram in 1994 and, two years later, for the 1996 Lalithambika Antharjanam Smaraka Sahitya Award, followed by the Vallathol Award in 1997.
The next major honour for Akkitham came by way of Vayalar Award which he received in 2012. The Government of Kerala awarded him Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, their highest literary award in 2016. He received Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the Government of India in 2017. He could not attend the investiture ceremony due to ill health; the award was later handed over to him by the district collector of Palakkad. He received Jnanpith Award, the highest Indian literary award, in 2019. He is also a recipient several other honours such as Krishna Geedhi Award, Nalappad Award, Puthezhan Award, Moorti Devi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith and Amrita Keerti Puraskar (2004). Arikil Akkitham is a documentary film directed by E. Suresh, which details the life of the poet from the perspective of his daughter, Sreeja.
Bibliography
Poetry
Akkitham. Idinju Polinja Lokam: Kavithakal.
Akkitham. Samavarthanam.
Akkitham. Balidarsanam. Kottayam: S.P.C.S.
Akkitham (2002). Akkitham kavithakal: sampoorna samahaaram(1946-2001). Kottayam: Current Books. ISBN 9788124011157.
Akkitham (2013). Thiranjedutha Kavithakal. DC Books. ISBN 9788126423446.
Akkitham (1997). Samanvayathinte aakaasham. Kottayam: D.C. Books.
Akkitham (1991). Sparsamanikal. Kottayam: D.C. Books.
Akkitham (1985). Amruthaghatika: Kavitha. Calicut: P. K. Brothers.
Akkitham (1980). Maanasa Pooja: Kavithakal.
Akkitham (1966). Oru kula mundiringa. Current books, Thrissur: Current Books.
Akkitham (1961). Sanjarikal. Current Books: Current Books.
Akkitham (1996). Slokapunyam. Akhila Kerala Akshara Sloka Parishath, Thrissur: Akhila Kerala Akshara Sloka Parishath, Thrissur.
Akkitham. Amrithaghadikam. Calicut: P.K. Brothers.
Achuthan Namboothiri, Akkitham (2013). Anthimahakalam (3rd ed.). Kozhikode: Mathrubhumi Books. ISBN 9788182657038.
Akkitham (1975). Kolaya Randu. National Bk Stall: National Book Stall.
Akkitham (1948). Prathikaradevatha. Mathrubhumi: Mathrubhumi.
Akkitham (1969). Karathalamalakam. Mangalodayam Ltd. Trissivaperur: Mangalodayam.
Akkitham (1966). Madhuvidhuvinusesham. Mangalodayam: Mangalodayam.
Akkitham (1969). Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam. Mangalodayam: Mangalodayam.
Akkitham (1966). Sagarasangeetham. Mangalodayam: Mangalodayam.
Akkitham (1963). Madhuvidu. Mangalodayam: Mangalodayam.
Akkitham (1951). Manasakshiyude Pookkal. Mangalodayam: Mangalodayam.
Akkitham (1967). Oru Kudanna nilavu. Mangalodayam: Mangalodayam.
Akkitham (1947). Desasevika. Mangalodayam: Mangalodayam.
Akkitham (1965). Avathalangal. Mangalodayam: Mangalodayam.
Akkitham (1998). Ponnanikalari. Kottayam: Sahithya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sankham, Kottayam.
Akkitham (1948). Prathikaradevatha. Yogakshemam Limitted: Yogakshemam Limitted.
Akkitham (1990). Kalikkottilil. Trivandrum: State Institute of Children's Literature.
Akkitham (2016). Kedatha Sooryan. Sukapuram: Vallathol Vidyapeetham.
Essays and literary criticisms
Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri (2004). Kavithayile vruthavum chathuravum. Sukapuram: Vallathol vidyapeedham. ISBN 9788124014165.
Akkitham (1983). Vennakkallinde Kadha. Dakshina Books, Sukapuram: Dakshina Books, Sukapuram.
Akkitham (1993). Hridayathilekku nokki ezhuthu. Sukapuram Vallathol: Sukapuram Vallathol.
Akkitham (2003). Southasasthra Parambaryam Keralathil. Kozhikode: Lipi Publications.
Akkitham (2014). Samskrithi:Akkithathinte therenjedutha lekhanangal. Calicut: Haritham Books. ISBN 9788192846989.
Akkitham (2014). Smruthi:Akkithathinte therenjedutha lekhanangal. Kozhikode: Haritham Books. ISBN 9788192846996.
Akkitham (2014). Sahithi:Akkithathinte therenjedutha lekhanangal. Kozhikode: Haritham Books. ISBN 9788192846972.
Achuthan Namboothiri, Akkitham (2011). Kavitha oru valiya sathyamanu. Kozhikode: Poorna.
Children's literature
Akkitham (1966). Ee Edathi None Parayu (Children's play). Mathrubhumi.
Akkitham (1977). Akkithathinte Kuttikkavithakal.
Translations
Sarma, C. R.; Akkitham (1979). Thelumku kathakal. Kottayam: National Book Stall.
Sharma, C. R.; Akkitham (2010). Thelugu kadhakal:dhanagupthanenna kachavadakkarante athyarthi (2nd ed.). Kozhikode: Haritham Books.
Others
Akkitham, ed. (1980). Samskrtha Malayala Nighantu.
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