Veteran writer cum teacher KV Thikkurissi passed away today. He was under Covid-19 treatment for a few days. His original name is Krishnavarman Nair and was a school teacher.
He was a three-time member of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and was also a member of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy. He was also one of the members of the Board of Directors of the Sahitya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sangham. His poem Bhakranangal has won the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award in 1960.
In 1959, he won a gold medal as first prize in a poetry competition held in connection with the Sivagiri pilgrimage. He was also the recipient of Kanyakumari Malayalam Samaj's Akshara Lokam Award, Attukal Krishnayana Award, Tirumala Kushakode Mahadeva Award and Kundamangadavu Devi Award.
He even completed the prose translation of Devi Bhagavatam five years ago. Shyamala Devi, the wife of Thikkurissi, was the retired deputy director of the Department of Economics and Statistics. The couple has two children, Haripriya, who is a teacher in Delhi and Shyamakrishnan, who is a bank employee in Canada.