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Children’s writer Sumangala passes away

Thrissur> Famous Malayalam children’s writer Sumangala alias Leela Namboodiripad has passed away. He was 87 years old. He died at his son Ashtamoorthy’s residence near the Ayyanthol Karthayani temple in Thrissur around 6 pm on Tuesday. He was at rest due to an age-related illness. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Paramekkavu Shanthighat. Her husband is DA Namboodiripad, who passed away at Desamangalam.

Palakkad Vellinezhi Olappamanna Manayil was born on May 16, 1934, the daughter of poet OMC Narayanan Namboodiripad and Uma Antharjanam. He has been the Head of the Publicity Section of the Kerala Kalamandalam.

In addition to short stories and novels, he has written numerous stories and short novels for children. Panchatantra (retelling), Tales told by parrots, Kurinji and friends, Neypayasam, Thankakkingini, Manchadikuru, Mithaippothi, Kudamanikal, Muthusanchi and The Endless Ways are the main children’s works. He also wrote the Green Malayalam Dictionary in two parts. He has also written the history of the art world‌.

He has received the State Government’s Social Welfare Department Award, the Sahitya Akademi’s Sreepadmanabhaswamy Award for Children’s Literature, the 2010 Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Children’s Literature, the Kendra Sahitya Akademi’s Balasahitya Award in 2013, the Padma Award and the Poonthanam – Jnanapana Award. Acharya Choodamani has translated Koodiyattam’s order and attapra into English.

He was educated at Ottapalam High School. He passed Class X in 1948 but could not attend college as he was not old enough. He studied Sanskrit and English under his father. Married at the age of fifteen.

Children: Dr. Usha Neelakanthan, Narayanan and Ashtamoorthy. Son-in-law: Dr. Neelakanthan (Cardio Surgeon Jubilee Mission Hospital, Thrissur), Usha (Retd. Vaidyaratnam), Gauri (Postal Department). Siblings: Urmila, Ramani, Devi, Savitri, Gauri, Sati, Narayanan and the late Dr. ON Vasudevan, ON Damodaran.

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