Thiruvananthapuram | Well-known writer and academician B Hridayakumari died at a private hospital here today. She was 84.
Literary critic, orator and educationist, Hridayakumari had taught English literature in various government colleges in Kerala for about four decades.
She had written extensively and gave lectures on literature, philosophy and education and had served on various education-related committees of the government.
Daughter of freedom fighter and poet Bodheswaran and Karthyayani Amma, Hridayakumari was elder sister of poet and environmental campaigner Sugathakumari.
She is survived by her daughter Sreedevi Pillai, a senior journalist with ‘Manorama News’.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleagues expressed grief over the death of Hridayakumari and said she had made valuable contributions in the field of culture, education and literature.
In his message, Chandy said as a teacher she gained a respectable position in the heart of her students through her unique style of teaching.
State Minister for Culture K C Joseph said she was an eminent person in the cultural field of the state. State Forest Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and Speaker G Karthikeyan were among those who condoled the death of Hridayakumari, who was a recipient of the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award.
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