Veteran poet and Malayalam scholar Puthussery Ramachandran passed away at the age of 91. He was suffering from age-related ailments.
He is credited with publishing the complete text of Kannassa Ramayanam, the first complete Ramayana in Malayalam, with notes and interpretations.
His most important scholarly work is Kerala Charithrathinte Adisthana Rekhakal (The basic documents of the history of Kerala).
His efforts resulted in Malayalam getting recognised as a classical language by the Union government in 2013.
He had taken the initiative in organising the first World Malayalam Conference in Thiruvananthapuram in 1977 and was also the organising secretary of the First All India Conference on Dravidian Linguistics in 1971.
He was the honorary director of the International Centre for Kerala Studies, University of Kerala.
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The Sahitya Akademi honoured him with its translation award in 2005 and Bhasha Samman in 2014. In 2009, he was conferred the fellowship of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi.
He is a recipient of the Ezhuthachan Puraskaram of the Kerala state government and the Mahakavi Vallathol award.
In 2012, he was selected for the Yesenin award, instituted by the Russian Cultural Centre and the Sergei Yesenin Museum, Moscow, for popularising Russian poetry and culture in south India.
Source : The Hindu