Kochi: Novelist Narayan, one of the pioneers of subaltern Malayalam writing, died here on Tuesday. He was 82 years old.
Narayan died while undergoing treatment for Covid at a private hospital.
Her first novel “Kocharethi”, which explores the life, history and miseries of the Malayaraya tribe, won her the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 1998.
Narayan was born in 1940 in Kadayathur in the Idukki district of Kerala. He is often referred to as the first tribal novelist of Kerala in literary discourses. The novel is set in the Western Ghats in the early 20th century.
An English translation of the novel, titled “Kocharethi: The Araya Woman”, by Catherine Thankamma was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. It won the Economist-Crossword Book Award in the Indian language translation category that year- the.
The works have also been translated into several other Indian languages and French.
Narayan’s other works include ‘Ooraalikudi’, ‘Chengarum Kuttalum’, ‘Vannala’, ‘Ee Vazhiyil Aalereyilla’, ‘Aaranu Tholkkunnavar’ (novels), ‘Nissahayante Nilavili’ and ‘Pelamarutha’ (short stories).
He was an employee of the Post Office and retired as a postmaster in 1995.
Narayan has also won the Thoppil Ravi Foundation Prize, the Abu Dhabi Shakthi Prize and the Swami Ananda Theertha Prize.