Punathil Kunjabdulla, Malayalam novelist and Sahithya Academy Award winner passes away aged 77

Novelist Punathil Kunjabdulla, passed away in Kozhikode, Kerala aged 77. He was famous for works like Smarakasilakal Marunnu, Kanyavanangal and Kathi

IANS October 27, 2017 15:52:50 IST
Punathil Kunjabdulla, Malayalam novelist and Sahithya Academy Award winner passes away aged 77

Kozhikode: Hugely popular writer and novelist Punathil Kunjabdulla, passed away in Kozhikode, Kerala on 27 October, said a family member. He was 77.

Punathil Kunjabdulla Malayalam novelist and Sahithya Academy Award winner passes away aged 77

Punathil Kunjabdulla. Image from Twitter/@mathrubhumieng.

A medical doctor by profession, Kunjabdulla is best known for his works —  Smarakasilakal Marunnu, Kanyavanangal, Kathi, Aligarh Kathakal and Malamukalile Abdulla among many others.

Popularly called "Kunjikka", Kunjabdulla was ailing for a year. He breathed his last at 7.45 am at a private hospital in Kozhikode.

Winner of the Sahithya Academy Award and twice the Kerala Sahithya Academy Award, Kunjikka represented the 'modernist' in Malayalam literature.

Born in Badagara near Kerala, he completed his formal education from here. He did his MBBS from the Aligarh Muslim University and later worked in the government medical sector in Kerala. Later on he had also opened his own nursing home here.

A strong willed personality, Kunjabdulla surprised many when he contested the 2001 assembly election from the Beypore assembly constituency on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket and finished third by getting over 10,000 votes.

Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has condoled his death.

His funeral will be held in the evening.

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