Eminent Malayalam poet and Jnanpith awardee Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri died on Thursday following age-related ailments. He was 94.

The funeral will be held according to the COVID-19 protocols and will take place at his hometown in Patambi in Palakkad district, later in the day.

Namboothiri was also a recipient of the Padma Shri award and was associated with the freedom movement.

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A vedic scholar, Namboothiri was among the most talked about writers of his time. Born in 1926, he had mastered all the Vedas by the age of 14.

He was close to Marxist legend EMS Namboodiripad.

Namboothiri was later dubbed as a Hindutva ideal for his cultural and traditional ideas. He, however, always said he always stood with humanity and not with any ideals.

Namboothiri received the Jnanpith award in September. The scholar also won the Kendra Sahitya Akademy award in 1976.

Akkitham’s work includes “Irupatham Noottantinte Ithihasam”, “Balidarashanam” and “Dharma Sooryan” among over 45 works of poems, plays and short stories.

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