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Writer Akbar Kakkattil dies

Writer Akbar Kakkattil dies

Kozhikode: Famous litterateur and Kerala Sahitya Academy vice chairman Akbar Kakkattil passed away at a private hospital here Wednesday morning.

He was 62.

Kakkattil had been undergoing treatment for cancer for the past few months.

Born in 1954 at Kakkattil in Kozhikode District as the son of P. Abdulla and Smt. Kunjhamina, he completed his school education from Parayil L P School, Kakkattil and Sanskrit Secondary School Vattoli. He took his Bachelor of Education degree from Govt. Training College, Tellichery. He has served as a Malayalam teacher for about 30 years in various schools, including National Higher Secondary School, Vattoli, where he worked for a long period.

Akbar Kakkattil turned to creative writing at the age of fourteen by publishing short stories in a regular column for children in Mathrubhumi weekly.

He was well known for his short stories based on school experiences. Critics have also considered him as a writer who creatively used colloquial language in his writing. Kakkattil is a two time state academy award winner and has received many other renowned awards.

His body will be kept in Kozhikode town hall from 9am to 11.30pm for the public to pay homage. The funeral will be held with state honour at 5 pm in Kandoth Kuni Juma Masjid.

He is survived by wife Jameela and two daughters.

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