Nicely-known author of youngsters’s literature in Malayalam, Leela Nambudiripad, identified by her pen title Sumangala, died on Tuesday resulting from age-related illnesses, household sources mentioned. She was 87.
Sumangala, a resident of Thrissur district, is survived by three kids.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Cultural minister AK Balan condoled the demise of Sumangala, saying it was an important loss to kids’s literature.
“She was an author who understood kids and used easy language to pen tales for them. She had launched quite a few tales on Indian mythology to kids,” Vijayan mentioned.
Sumangala bagged the 2013 Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Bal Sahitya Puraskar, for her contribution to kids’s literature.
Balan mentioned Sumangala superbly translated the Panchatantra tales into Malayalam.
“Her contributions to language and literature will at all times be remembered,” he mentioned in his condolences message.
Apart from translating Panchatantra and Valmiki Ramayana from Sanskrit into Malayalam, she has additionally penned over 50 books. Her works embody Mittayipothi, Neypayasam, Manjadikuru, and Kurinjiyum Koottukarum, amongst others.