Sukumar Azhikode died

January 24, 2012 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ News

Famous writer and critic Sukumar Azhikode died at the age of 86 due to cancer. He passed away on Tuesday morning at a private hospital in Thrissur. His body will be taken to his house at Iravimanglam and then to Sahitya Academy hall at Thrissur. His funeral will take place on wednesday, however the place isnt finalized, most probably Sukumar Azhikode’s funeral will take place at Payyambalam.

After being detected with bone cancer, Azhikode was admitted to hospital 7th December 2011 and his condition critical in the past few days and died at 6.33 a.m. Sukumar Azhikode was a bachelor and he retired as pro-vice chancellor of Calicut University in 1986.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy visited Azhikode 2 days back, and announced that the state government would foot the writer’s medical bill.

Sukumar azhikode died

Early Life :

Sukumar Azhikode completed Bachelor of Comerce in 1946. He then took BT followed by Master of Arts in Malayalam and Sanskrit and Doctor of Philosophy in Malayalam. His dissertation is “Malayala sahitya vimarsanam”(Literary criticism in Malayalam language). Azhikode was a teacher at Rajas High School, Chirackal, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore and Devagiri College, Kozhikode and later a principal at SNM Training College, Moottakunnam, and a professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor at Calicut University. He retired in 1986.

Awards :

He won 12 awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award. Azhikode’s most famous work is Tatvamasi (1984, Malayalam), an authoritative book on Indian Philosophy, Vedas and Upanishads. Thathvamasi has won twelve awards including the Indian Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahithya Akademi Award, Vayalar Award and the Rajaji Award.

In January 2007, the writer refused to accept the Padma Shri, stating that such honours are against the constitution.  “The constitution says everyone should be treated as equal. Giving such honours at different levels, the state discriminates between people. I see the Padma Shri conferred on me as an opportunity to expose this discrimination,” he had said

  1. azzwa said on March 15, 2012 11:27 am:

    a great loss