January 24th, 2012
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Dr Sukumar Azhikode passed away

Sukumar Azhikode passed away

Thrissur: Dr. Sukumar Azhikode passed away at Thrissur Amala hospital at 6.45 am.  He was 86. His body shall be taken to his home at Eravimangalam, Thrissur. His body shall be kept for public viewing till 9.30 am. From his home his body will be taken to Thrissur Sahithya Akademy. The body will later be placed at Kozhikode town hall later in the evening. The funeral shall be held at Payambalam, Kannur tomorrow afternoon.

Sukumar Azhikode is India’s renowned writer, critic, and orator and has made contributions to philosophy. Tatvamasi, Aasante Seetakavyam, Ramananum Malayalakavitayum, Mahatmavinte Margam, Malayala Sahityavimarsanam , Purogamanasahityavum Mattum,  Vayanayute Swargattil, Malayala Sahitya Patanangal , Tatvavum Manushyanum , Khandanavum Mandanavum , Entinu Bharatadare, Azhikodinte Prabhashanangal , Azhikodinte Falitangal, Guruvinte Dukham, Aakasam Nashtapetunna India , Pathakal Kazhchakal  and Mahakavi Ulloor were some of his noted contributions. Of his early works is Aasante Seetakavyam which is considered to be is his masterpiece. “ If I could write a work like  Aasante Seetakavyam then I would be able to live for another hundred years,”  he had once said.

Azhikode’s most famous work is Tatvamasi which is 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. He refused to accept the Padma Shri conferred on Januray 2007 stating that such honours are against the Constitution.

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.

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