Kozhikode : Accomplished Malayalam writer Fr. Punathil Kunjabdulla breathed his last at 7.40 am this morning in a private hospital in Kozhikode. He was 75.
Popularly called “Kunjakka”, the writer has been ailing for an year with age related ailments.
Considered to be a modernist in Malayalam literature, Kunjabdulla has won Kendra Sahitya Academy Award for his novel Smarakasilakal(memorial Stones) in 1980.
He has also been awarded Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 1987, 1980 and a fellowship in 2010.
Recognitions also include Muttah Varkey award in 1999 and Vishwavidyappedam Award in 2013 and Mathrubhumi Literary Award.
A Medical doctor by profeesion Kunjabdulla is best known for his works Smarakasilakal, Marunnu, Paralokam, Kanyavanangal, Agnikanavukal, Kunjabdullainte Novellakal and Ammaye Kaanan.
Popular short stories from Kunjabdulla include Aligarh Kathakal, Kshethravilakkukal, Malamukalile Abdulla, Kure Sthreekal, Pranaya Kathakal, Kathi and Kunjabdullainte 101 Kathakal; memoirs Atmaviswasam Valiya Marunnu and Puthiya Marunnum Pazhaya Manthravum; and travelogue Volgayil Manju Peyyumbol.
Born in Badagara, Kunjabdulla did his MBBS from Aligarth Muslim University and opened his own nursing home after working at a govt hospital.
Kunjabdulla surprised many when he contested 2001 assembly election from Beypore on BJP ticket and managed to get over 10,000 votes finishing for third.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan conveyed his condolences on the writer’s demise.