Kasaragod | Ace poet, freedom fighter and journalist Kayyar Kinhanna Rai passed away of old age related ailment at his residence at Perdala in Kasargod district of Kerala last evening.
He was 101 and is survived by six sons and two daughters. His wife Unhikke died three years ago.
Rai, who had 41 works in different languages to his credit and translated many works, including Ulloor’s Malayala Sahitya Charithram, had acted as a bridge between Malayalam and Kannada.
Kinhanna Rai, who met Mahatama Gandhi while studying in Mangalore, had courted arrest for participating in the Quit India movement.
Taught Kannada at the Navajevana Higher Secondary School, Perdala, Rai was bestowed with National Award for best teacher in 1969.
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