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Eminent poet-activist Sugathakumari no more

Eminent poet-activist Sugathakumari no more
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1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 23 (PTI) Eminent Malayalam poet,

conservationist and women''s activist, Sugathakumari, who had

tested positive for COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment,

died at the government medical college hospital here on

Wednesday.

She was 86 and leaves behind daughter Lakshmi Devi,

family sources here said.

The octogenarian poet rarely made any public appearance

in recent days due to old age difficulties.

Fondly being called as ''Sugatha Teacher'' by her hundreds

of admirers and followers, the activist-poet had been admitted

to the intensive care unit of the medical college after being

diagnosed with the viral infection on December 21.

Though she was first admitted to a private hospital, she

was rushed to the government health facility after she tested

positive.

As her condition remained critical without any change and

her body failed to respond to medicines, the poet was on

ventilator support, medical college authorities said.

Besides the severe bronchial pneumonia, an after-effect

of COVID-19, the condition of her vital organs also

deteriorated and the end came at around 11 am.

One of the most celebrated Malayalam poets of the

contemporary era, Sugathakumari was known for her unique poems

filled with compassionate empathy, human sensitivity and

philosophical quest.

In her poetic career spanning over six decades, she,

through her subtle and sublime lines, fought against the

injustices in this world especially against the ruthless

oppression of women and indiscriminate exploitation of nature.

A fearless and tireless fighter in real life, she led

several agitations for the environmental cause and

conservation of nature.

She had spearheaded the fiercest environmental campaign

witnessed by Kerala--against a proposal to set up a hydel

project in the Silent valley in Western Ghats three decades

ago, and was also in the forefront of the recent agitation

against construction of an airport at Aranmula.

The poet had been a constant presence and invitee

wherever there was an environmental issue in the state until

some years ago before she became physically weak due to age

related issues.

Always been a constant supporter and solace for destitute

and molested women, Sugathakumari had been running for over

three decades ''Abhaya'', an organisation for the deprived

women, including financially poor, rape survivors, domestic

violence victims and drug addicts.

Born as the second daughter of freedom fighter and poet,

Bodheswaran and wife Karthiyayini Amma on January 22, 1934,

Sugatha had entered into the world of poetry in 1960 with her

first collection of poems- Muthuchippikal.

Since then, she had captured the Malayali consciousness

through her soft but hard-hitting verses in a handful of

poetry collections including Pathirapookkal, Krishna

Kavithakal, Ratrimazha, Ambalamani, Radha Evide,

Thulavarshapacha and so on.

Though her early works concentrated more on subjective

themes and personal quests, her poetry, in course of time,

broadened its peripheries assimilating social concerns and

philosophical voyages into it as its themes.

Also the first chairperson of the Kerala State Women''s

Commission, Sugathakumari had been a recipient of several

honours and recognitions.

The country had bestowed her with Padma Shree in 2006

while the higher literary award Saraswati Samman reached her

in 2013 for her poetic collection "Manalezhuth" (The Writing

on the Sand).

She also bagged almost all prestigious literary awards in

the state including Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Ezhuthachan

Puraskaram, Vayalar Award,Odakkuzhal Award, Ashan Prize and so

on.

The poet also won the union government''s first ''Vriksha

Mitra'' award.

Writer and scholar, late K Velayudhan was her husband.

Noted writers and academicians, late Hridaya Kumari and

Sujatha Devi were siblings. PTI LGK UD

ROH ROH


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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