Kozhikode | Prominent Malayalam short-story writer and novelist Akbar Kakkattil (62) has died.
Akbar, who was under treatment for cancer, had been hospitalized for a week after he was infected with pneumonia. He died Wednesday morning at a private hospital in Kozhikode. His body will be laid for public view at Kozhikode town hall till 12 noon. Cremation will take place at Kandothkuni Juma Masjid in Kakkattil, his homeland, at 5 pm today.
The two-time Sahitya Akademi award winner is a short-story writer who became famous by writing teaching service stories in line with Kaaroor Neelakantapillai.
Akbar was narrating the lives of ordinary human beings he met in day-today life.
He authored 54 books, including four novels, seven collections of novelettes, 27 anthologies of short stories, six collections of essays, memoirs, a play and a volume of critical essays and interviews with the leading writers of Malayalam. He received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992 for ‘School Diary,’ an anthology of short essays, and in 2004 for the novel ‘Vadakkuninnoru Kudumba Vrithantham’. His work ‘Sthrainam’ was awarded with the Joseph Mundassery Award for the best Novel.
He also won several other awards, including the Abudhabi Sakti Award, S K Pottakkad award, Ankanam Award, Malayala Manorama Prize, Rajiv Gandhi Peace Foundation Award, C H Muhammed Koya Award, T V Kochubaava Award, V Sambasivan Puraskaram and Dubai Book Trust Award.
With his unique style of writing, Akbar Kakkattil created a world where readers meet the naive innocence of his village folk, who at times indulge in light vanity, but often unfolds compassion and simplicity. The humanism of his insignificant locale is integrated to the humanism of the world in general.
His book on film director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, titled ‘Varoo Adoorileykku Pokam’ was translated to Tamil and his novel ‘Mrithyuyogam’ was translated to Kannada.
He has served as Malayalam teacher for about 30 years in various schools, including National Higher Secondary School, Vattoli, where he worked for a long period.
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