Mahakavi M. P. Appan dead

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM DEC. 10. Poet and litterateur of Malayalam, Mahakavi M. P. Appan (90), who died on Wednesday, was cremated with full State honours in the evening.

Mr. Appan had been ailing for a week. Hundreds of people, including prominent persons from socio-cultural spheres and writers attended the cremation. The Cultural Affairs Minister, G. Karthikeyan, the Information Minister, M. M. Hassan and the Water Resources Minister, T. M. Jacob, were present.

Mr. Appan, who began his career as a school teacher after completing BA Honours from the University College here, had his imprint in the literary field for over seven decades. He was a member of the Kerala Sahithya Academy for 10 years from 1957.

He had published 50-odd poetry collections, including Vellinakshathram', `Suvarnodayam', `Leela Soudham', `Soundaryadhara', `Kilikkonchal', `Jeevithasayahnathil' and `Udyanasoonam', for which he won the Academy award.

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