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Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri

Achuthan Namboodiri Akkitham or Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri is a well known Malyalam writer, poet, , essayist, editor and a highly decorated literary personality among contemporary Malayalam writers. Fondly known as Akkitham, he is one of the most famous personalities of Kerala. His works gained a lot of fame in 1950’s. He has written some 45 collections of his poems, plays and short stories. He is also a great social reformer. He has helped in bring reforms among the Namboothiri Brahmins of Kerala and promotes Vedic studies. He even helps in the promotion of Vedic literature among untouchables.

Early Life of Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri

Achuthan Namboodiri Akkitam was born on 18th March 1926 in Kumaranallur in Palakkad district of the southern Indian state of Kerala. His parents were Akkitham Vasudevan Nambudiri and Chekoor Parvathy Antharjanam. He began his career as a journalist in a magazine called ‘Unni nambudiri’. He even worked at ‘Mangalodayam’ and ‘Yogakshemam’ as Assistant Editor. Later in 1956 he joined All India Radio, Kozhikkode as a script writer. He then worked as the Editor of the programme, ‘Vayalum Veedum’ in AIR Thrissur. He worked with ‘Anandi’ where he propogated about the Vedas. He was even interested in Sanskrit, Music, Astrology and even drawing and painting.

Works

Some of his famous works are his three small Epics, ‘Irupatham noottandinte ithihasam’, ‘Desa sevika’ and ‘Balidarshanam’ . ‘Unnikkinavukal’, Oru kula Munthiringa’ and ‘Kalikkottilil’ are three collections of poems for children. ‘Avathalangal’ is a collection of songs and a collection of stories. ‘Upanayanam’ and ‘Samavarthanam’ are collection of his articles. ‘Akkithathinte Theranjedutha Kavithakal’ is a collection of his famous poems. Arangettam, Nimisha Kshetram, Idinju Polinja Lokam, Amritaghatika and Akkithattinte Teranjedutta are some of his major works. But for this octogenarian poet, his translation of the Srimad Bhagavatam is his life’s most valued work. Comprising 14,613 verses, the translation runs over 2,400 printed pages.His translation of the Srimad Bhagavatam is commendable.

Awards

He was given the Sanjayan Award in 1952 for ‘Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihas’. ‘Balidarsanam’ brought him the prestigious Kendriya Sahitya Akademi Award in 1973. In 2012 he was give the Vayalar Award. Apart from these he has won Aasan Prize, Vallathol Award, Lalitambika Sahitya Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Odakkuzhal Award, KrishnaGeedhi Award, Nalappad Award, Ezhuthachan Award and the Moorti Devi Award.

Awards
Kerala Sahithya Academy Award-1972, Trissur
Odakkuzhal Award1973, Ernakulam
Kendra Sahithya Academy Award-1973,New Delhi
Writers Co-operative Society Award-1975, Kottayam
Ulloor Award-1994, Thiruvananthapuram
Asan Award-1994,Madaras
Lalithambika antharjanam Award-1995, Perumbavoor
Vallathol Award-1996, Thiruvananthapuram
Krishnageethi Award-1997, Kozhikode
Kerala Sahithya Academy Awrad For Total Contribution-1998
Krishnashtami Award -2000, Kannur
Devi Prasadam Award-2000, Vellinezhi
Sanjayan Award -2003,Thiruvananthapuram
Padmaprabha Award-2003, Kalpatta
K.P. Narayan Pisharody Award -2004, Thrissur
Amrutha Keerthi Awrad-2004, Amruthapuri, Kollam
Abuddabi Malayali Award-2006
Panthalam keralavarma Raja Sahithya Award-2006, Thiruvananthapuram
Jnanappana Poonthanam Sahithya Award-2006, Guruvayoor
Kabeer Samman (Instituted by Madhyapresh Government )—2007 , March
Balamaniyamma Award—2007
Ezhuthachan Award – Instituted by Kerala Government, 2007
Sanjayan Puraskaram – Malayala bhasha padana vedhi Kannur , 2008
Agnihothri Award – 2008
Raikwa Rishi Award – 2008
Samastha Kerala Sahithya Parishath Awrad For Total Contribution-2008
Mathrubhoomi Award—2007
Vagbatananda Award—2009
Kesavan Nair memorial award – 2010
Moorthidevi Award by Jnana peedam – 2011
Tomyas award (2011)
Vayalar Award —2012
Naalappadan Award – 2012
Tagore Award – 2012
Titles & Fellowships
‘Sahithya Nipuna’Title with gold medal conferred by the Govt. Sanskrit College, Thripunithura -1973
Sahithya Ratna’Title with gold medal conferred by the Govt. Sanskirit College , Pattambi – 1973
Fellow at the Department of Education’Govt. of India, New Delhi 1978-1982
Panditha Ratnam’Title conferred by Viswa Samskritha Prathishtan Kochi 1990
Senior Fellowship’Kerala Sahithya Academy 2006 Thrissur.
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