Thrissur: Veteran writer-journalist Pavanan (P.V. Narayanan Nair) died at a private hospital here on Thursday. He was 81.
The end came around 7.15 a.m., hospital sources said. He was admitted to the hospital last week and was being treated for respiratory problems. For the past few years, he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, family sources said.
As a writer, Pavanan had handled just about all the major forms: essay, short-story, literary criticism, socio-cultural studies, writings on science, rationalism and philosophy, children's literature, biography and travelogue. "He was a renaissance man in every respect. Very few areas of socio-cultural studies escaped his attention. He would passionately get involved in issues that affected society and go to any length to fight for causes that were close to his heart," said P.V. Krishnan Nair, secretary, Kerala Sahitya Akademi. Pavanan's Malayalam books include `Pavanante Thiranjedutha Prabandhangal,' `October Viplavavum Malayala Sahityavum', `Keralam Engane Jeevikkunnu', `Viplava Charithrathile Chila Edukal', `Nalu Russian Sahityakaranmar', `Nava Sahithi', 'Kaviyum Kalavum', `Polichezhuthu', `Sahitya Charcha', `Vallathol Oru Chaya Chitram', `Oru Kuthirayum Nalpathettu Manushyarum', `Utharenthyayil Chil Idangalil', `Oru Yathrayude Anubhavangal', `Soviet Nattil - Khrushchevinu Sesham', `Premavum Vivahavum', `Irupathonnam Noottandilekku', `Mahakavi Kuttamathu' and `Jeevithavum Krithikalum.' Pavanan was a recipient of the Soviet Land Nehru Award, Puthezhan Memorial Award, Vailoppilly Award and the V.T. Bhattathiripad Memorial Award. "You cannot think of the State's socio-cultural development from the 1940s to the 1980s without remembering Pavanan," said poet O.N.V. Kurup.
Pavanan is survived by his wife C.P. Parvathy, sons, C.P. Rajendran and C.P. Surendran, writer and journalist, and daughter Sreerekha.