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PUJA AWASTHI | New Delhi, January 24, 2014 11:46
Tags : K.K. Nair | writer |Sahitya Akademi Prize | |
 

K.K. Nair, writer, joint winner of the Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation 2012, passed away in Mangalore at the age of 78. Besides the translation of Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai’s Malayalam novel Kayar into Kannada for which he won the Sahitya Prize with Ashok Kumar, he had translated about 300 short stories from Malayalam to Kannada, 22 books from Malayalam to Kannada, and four books from Kannada to Malayalam. He had also written an autobiography, Kunhappa, in Kannada. Though he began writing before he turned 20, Nair worked as a domestic help for many years before joining the Mainpal Power Press. He had little formal education having studied only till class 4. He had said, “We used to read mythological stories in our house. I used to like it. I used to love reading. Thus developed my love for literature”. He also won the Central Institute of Indian Languages Award, 1989, for the Kannada translation of Agnisaksh by Lalithambika Antharjanam.

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