//Poet Ayyappa Paniker passes away

Poet Ayyappa Paniker passes away

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Thiruvananthapuram – Kerala’s veteran poet, professor and critic K. Ayyappa Paniker died here Wednesday. He was 76.

Paniker, who is survived by his wife and two children, was ailing for some time. The end came at a private hospital Wednesday evening.

Paniker, who is regarded as an icon of modernist culture and thinking, taught at C.M.S. College in Kottayam for a year and then moved to M.G. College before joining the University College, Trivandrum in 1952.

He obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Kerala in 1959, and in 1965 joined the Institute of English as lecturer. In 1980 he was appointed Professor and Head of the Department in the Institute of English.

He has supervised more than two dozen PhD dissertations on British, American and Indian literature, and literary theory. In 2004 he was awarded the Padma Shri. Paniker has been widely regarded as the pioneer of modernism in Kerala.

Paniker’s last rites will be performed in his hometown Kuttanad in Alappuzha district Thursday.