Sukumar Azhikode

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Sukumar Azhikode

Born: 26 May 1926

Died: 24 January 2012

  • He was an Indian academic, orator, critic, and writer of Malayalam literature, known for his contributions to Malayalam language and insights on Indian philosophy.
  • He was a scholar in Sanskrit, Malayalam, and English languages and his work, Tatvamasi, published in 1984, is a notable work for its detailed interpretation of Indian philosophy, Vedas and Upanishads.
  • He was a recipient of several honours including Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahithya Akademi Award, Vayalar Award, Vallathol Award and Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the highest literary award of the Government of Kerala.
  • The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2007, which he refused citing the award was discrimination.
  • He, considered by many as the leading Malayalm literary critic after the era of Joseph Mundassery, M. P. Paul and Kuttikrishna Marar and one of the greatest Malayalam orators, wrote a number of books on literary criticism, philosophy and social issues, including Thatvamasi, a treatise on Indian philosophy, Vedas and Upanishads which received 12 awards; the book also paved way for another book, Thathwamasi Prabhashanangal, a compilation of four speeches made by Azhikode on the book.

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