KERALA

Writer Mundur Krishnankutty dead

Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: Anupurath Krishnankutty, popularly known as Mundur Krishnankutty (70), who died at a private hospital here on Saturday was buried at his ancestral home at Mundur near here.

He had written more than 200 short stories and five novels and won many awards including the Odakkuzhal Puraskaram, Kerala Sahitya Akademi fellowship and the Cherukad Award for his short stories. He was also a known film and TV serial actor.

He was Chairman of the Kunchan Nambiar Memorial at Killikurisimangalam in Palakkad district for three years from 1996.

He along with a group of youngsters of Mundur used to stage progressive plays in the late 1940s. Cherukad's `Tharavaditham,' `Manushyabandhangal,' etc., were some of the plays. This resulted in the establishment of the famous library Vivekanda at Mundur.

He was instrumental in staging the popular drama `Aradimannu' which highlighted the pathetic condition of farm labourers, throughout Palakkad district. He wrote his first short story `Kannalichekkan' (Cow boy) in 1956. It was published in Navayugam, a progressive weekly edited by K. Damodaran. The same year another famous short story titled `Ambalavasikal' (Temple workers) was published in the Mathrubhumi weekly.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Speaker Therambil Ramakrishnan have expressed their grief over the death of Mundur. He is survived by son Dilipan and sister Parvathy.

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