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Renowned Malayalam poet-activist Sugathakumari dies of covid-19 complications; tributes flow

The poet was a significant voice in Malayalam literature and wrote extensively on nature and human beings alike, her empathy acting as a binder for both

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | December 23, 2020 2:24:56 pm
She was 86. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Acclaimed Malayalam poet and environmental activist Sugathakumari passed away Wednesday at the Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram due to Covid-19 complications. She was 86.

The Padma Shri awardee had been keeping unwell for a while and had been admitted to the hospital due to severe pneumonia after testing positive for Covid-19 the past week. She was even put on a ventilator support after her body stopped responding to medication. According to doctors, she was suffering from bronchopneumonia, a condition that causes inflammation in the air sacs in the lungs.

The poet was a significant voice in Malayalam literature and wrote extensively on nature and human beings alike, her empathy acting as a binder for both. In her lifetime, she received several literary awards like the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award, Kendra Sahitya Akademi award, Odakkuzhal award, Ezhuthachan award among others.

As news of her demise spread, several people took to Twitter to share condolences and paid tributes. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, expressed sorrow and wrote, “Deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of poet Sugathakumari. As a doyenne of Malayalam literature & with a career that spans decades, she has left an indelible mark on Kerala’s cultural life. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family & join them in sorrow.”

Others writers and politicians too paid their tributes.

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