Malayalam poet Ayyappa Panicker dead
- Indecision at the top, long wait for Rahul: What ails the Congress
- Ally BJP seeks to lower heat: Can’t move NIT out, don’t trash J&K Police
- Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca on I-T radar for 9 years in Delhi, details sought
- Assam Elections: Rebel Congress leader fans wind of change
- Pluralism and tolerance hallmark of Indian civilisation: President Mukherjee
Dr K Ayyappa Panicker, who helped catalyse modern Malayalam poetry's turbulent evolution over many uncharted genres, died in Thiruvananthapuram today. He was 76. Panicker had been seriously ill from a rare lung disease for the last two weeks. The body will be cremated at his native Kavalam village tomorrow.
With an awesome repertoire including poetic expressions ranging from the classical to the absurd to raw black humour, Panicker was one of Malayalam's biggest pioneering experimentalists of the last century. Many generations of Malayali poets have been treading the furrows he made in Kerala literature.
But Panicker also had a towering profile as a teacher, writer, editor and translator.
He had lectured in over 20 international universities, written a large number of seminal literary criticisms and translated many contemporary western classics to Malayalam.
- Bhagat Singh believed neither in religion nor violence
- Abdul Basit is both right and wrong on the bilateral dialogue process
- Varied electoral cycle in India acts as a check against demagoguery and oligarchy
- Government must switch to an income-support subsidy regime
- NIT Srinagar row must be settled urgently for the sake of J&K’s future
- To promote investments, government must boldly tackle the problems