Renowned Malayalam writer Akbar Kakkattil passes away

Renowned Malayalam writer Akbar Kakkattil passed away in Kozhikode, Kerala due to cancer. He was 62.

He was known for giving birth to a new genre in Malayalam literature and his works are known for their unique narrative style which has an undertone of unfailing humour.

About Akbar Kakkattil

  • Born on 7 July 1954 at Kakkattil in Kozhikode District.
  • He had started creative writing career at the age of 14 by publishing short stories in a regular column for children in the leading Malayalam weekly Mathrubhumi.
  • His first story Pothichoru was published in 1969 through the weekly. He also had served as a teacher in his career spanning several years.
  • He has 54 books to his credit which includes, 27 short stories, 6 collections of essays, 7 novelettes, 4 novels, a play, among others.
  • He had served as the Vice-President of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi. He was also member of Malayalam Advisory Panel of National Book Trust (NBT) and Malayalam Advisory Board.
  • He also had worked as a member of the South Zone Cultural Centre’s governing body of Union government and Kerala State Institute of Children’s literature.
  • Awards and Honours: He has won the prestigious Kerala Sahitiya Akademi award two times in 1992 and 2003.

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