MALAPPURAM: Novelist and short story writer E. Harikumar, 77, died here Monday evening from various illnesses.
He was born to the famous poet Edasseri Govindan Nair and Janaki Amma, who in his early years wrote stories and poems. She even translated Tagore’s Fruit Gathering into Malayalam on July 13, 1943, in Ponnani.
For his short story collection entitled âDinosaurinte Kuttiâ (The Baby of the Dinosaur), he won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1988. He received the Padmarajan Award for the short story âPachappayyine Pidikkanâ (To catch a grasshopper) in 1997 and Nalappadan Prize for the story ‘Sookshichuvecha Mayilpeeli’ (Peacock Feather Treasured) in 1998.
He won the Kathapeedam Award for the book ‘Anithayude Veedu’ (Anitha’s House) in 2006 and
Kerala State Chalachithra Academy Award for the best story for the TV movie ‘Sreeparvathiyude Paadam’ (Holy Foot of Goddess Sreeparvathi) in 2012.
Harikumar studied at Ponnani AV High School and Calcutta University. He had worked in various Indian cities since 1961.
He published his first story “Mazhayulla Rathriyil” in 1962.
He has published over 20 books including ‘Aasakthiyude Agninalangal’, ‘Urangunna Sarpangal’, ‘Engine Drivere Snehicha Penkutti’, ‘Oru Kudumbapuranam’, ‘Thadakatheerathu’, ‘Kochambratti’ and ‘Pranayathinoru Software’.