West indian literature

Famous Malayalam poet-orator S Ramesan dies

Well known malayalam poet and Speaker S Ramesan, a prominent figure in the socio-political arena of the state and an activist in the progressive movement, collapsed and died on Thursday morning at his home in Ernakulam district, family sources said.

He was 69 years old.

Born on February 16, 1952 in Vaikom in Kottayam district, Ramesan began his poetic life during his childhood.

In addition to having written and published a handful of books later, including the famous Shidhila Chitrangal, Enikkarodum Pakayilla, Kalushita Kalam and so on, he also continued his professional career in state government service until 2007.

He worked as an additional private secretary under the then Minister of Cultural Affairs, TK Ramakrishnan, during the period 1996-2001.

Recipient of several awards including Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award and Asan Memorial Poetry Prize, he retired from service as an Additional Development Commissioner in 2007.

Ramesan has also held key positions in various progressive outfits including “Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham”, “Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society”, “Kerala State Library Council, etc.

He is survived by a wife and two daughters.

Condoling on his death, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Ramesan’s demise has caused great loss to the progressive, political and social arena of the state in general and to the ‘Purogamana Kala Sahita Sangham’ in particular.

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