Kerala pays tributes to Kamala Surayya
Kochi (PTI): People from all walks of life, including poets, writers and political leaders, on Monday paid homage to well-known poetess Kamala Surayya, who carved a niche for herself in both English and Malayalam literature with her bold writings.
The body of the writer, who passed away yesterday at Pune, was brought to this morning to her home state Kerala. A large number of people, including well-known names in the state's cultural and literary circuit, paid homage when the body was taken to Thrissur, Alapuzha and Kollam en route Thiruvananthapuram.
Special prayers were held by Muslim clerics at the airport soon after her body was brought from Pune.
State ministers Thomas Issac, K P Rajendran, P K Gurudasan, S Sharma, Benoy Vishwam paid tributes to the writer, who took the literary world by storm with her book My Story.
The body was taken to Thrissur, Kerala's cultural capital, first and kept at the Sahitya Akademi hall for the people to pay homage. Noted writers, including Sara Joseph,offered their tributes. In Kochi, which was Ms. Surayya's alias Madhavi Kutty's home for several years, a huge crowd had gathered to pay their last respects.
Ms. Surayya will be buried at the Palayam Juma Masjid at Thiruvanathapuram on Tuesday with full State honour.