Renowned Malayalam writer Punathil Kunjabdulla passed away on 27 October 2017 in Kozhikode following a prolonged illness. He was 77.
Kunjabdulla is regarded as one of the major figures of modernism in Malayalam literature.
About Punathil Kunjabdulla
• Born in Vadakara near Kozhikode, Kunjabdulla did his MBBS from the Aligarh Muslim University and later worked in the government medical sector.
• Apart from being a professional doctor and a writer, Kunjabdulla also contested the 2001 assembly election from the Beypore assembly constituency on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket.
• Some of his other major works include Marunnu, Kanyavanangal, Kathi and Aligarh Kathakal.
• He won the Sahitya Akademi award for his novel Smarakasilakal in 1980 and the Kerala Sahithya Akademi award twice for the same novel in 1978 and for Malamukalile Abdulla in 1980.
• In 2013, he was honoured with Mathrubhumi Literary Award, the biggest literature award in Malayalam.