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VKN dead

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THRISSUR, JAN. 25. The veteran litterateur, Vadakke Koottala Narayanan Kutty Nair, popularly known as VKN, died at his residence at Thiruvilwamala near here tonight.

He was 71. He was ailing for some time. The end came around 7-30 p.m.

As a humorist, VKN had no parallel. In his hands, words acquired new meanings and the common place looked grand and tasteful. With unique characters such as Payyans, a caricature of himself, he created a literary domain of his own, the like of which could be seen only in the oeuvre of Vaikom Mohammed Basheer.

Among VKN's major works are `Vivahapittennu', `Pitamahan', `Arohanam' and `Payyan Kathakal'. His collections of short stories included `Ambathu Kathakal', `Oru Nooru Minikkathakal', `Mananchira Test', `Hajiyar', `Sir Chathuvinte Ruling' and `VKN Kathakal'. His novels included `Adhikaram', `Anantharam', `Ammoommakatha', `Asuravani', `Kutineeru', `Chitrakeralam' and `Penpada'.

His humorous pieces have been compiled in `Ayyayiravum Koppum' and `Namathu Vazhvum Kalavum'. His works had been translated into other Indian languages and English. After matriculation, VKN worked for nine years at the Malabar Dewaswom Board. For 10 years from 1959, he was a journalist in New Delhi.

He was a recipient of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award in 1970 (for `Arohanam'), M.P. Paul Award in 1978, Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award in 1982, Harmony Award in 1987, Muttathu Varkey Award in 1997 (for `Pithamahan') and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi fellowship.

He had served as the vice-president of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and chairman of the Kunchan Nambiar Memorial. He is survived by his wife and a daughter. The last rites will be performed at Pambadi on the banks of the Bharathapuzha, on Monday.

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