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Noted Malayalam litterateur Punathil Kunjabdulla passes away

Noted Malayalam litterateur Punathil Kunjabdulla passes away”

Noted Malayalam novelist and poet Punathil Kunjabdulla passed away in Kozhikode on Friday.

He was one of the pioneers in brining in modernity to Malayalam literature.

Some of his major works include Marunnu, Kanyavanangal, Kathi and Aligarh Kathakal and more.

Reportedly, he had been suffering from dementia-related illness for the last few months. Notably, Kunjabdulla has also written a novel "Navagrahangulude Thadavara" along with prominent writer Sethu.

Born in Badagara in Kozhikode district, Kunjabdulla completed his graduation from Government Brennen College, Thalassery and obtained his MBBS degree from Aligarh Muslim University.

Punathil Kunjabdulla won the Kendra Sahitya Academy Award in 1980 for his novel Smarakasilakal (Memorial Stones). He won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award twice in 1978 for Samarakasilakal and 1980 for Malamukalile Abdulla.

Kunjabdulla also received the Mathrubhumi Literary award, Muttah Verky award and Vishwavidhyapeedam award. A doctor by profession, he had written seven novellets and several short stories. From 1999, he worked as a medical officer in a tribal belt in Wayanad.



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