Kozhikode: Noted Malayalam writer Punathil Kunjabdulla, who passed away at 75, was laid to rest at Karakkad Juma Masjid Friday evening.
Hundreds paid obeisance to the writer at the Vadakara town hall and the government higher secondary school, Madapally, before being taken for the final rites at 7.15 PM.
The body was brought to Vadakara at 5.40 pm from Calicut and was kept at the town hall for half hour and then at the Madapally school where Punathil had studied, before being buried with state honors.
Noted names including M. Mukundan, Dr K. M. Bharatan, Kadathanat Narayanan and P.K. Nanu attended the funeral.
Punathil had been suffering from age-related illnesses for long and breathed his last at a private hospital Friday morning.
He was one of the pioneers in bringing in modernity to Malayalam literature and had penned 7 novelettes and 15 collections of short stories.
Some of his other noted works include: Marunnu, Paralokam, Punathilinte Novellakal, Kanyavanangal, Agnikinavukal and Ammaye Kaanan. He has also written a novel 'Navagrahangulude Thadavara' along with prominent writer Sethu.
Short story collections include: Aligarh Kathakal, Kathi, Marichupoya Ente Appanammamarkku , Malamukalile Abdulla and Ente Priyapetta Kathakal.
He had won the Kendra Sahithya Academy Award for his novel Smarakasilakal (Memorial Stones) in 1980 and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1978 for Smarakasilakal and 1980 for Malamukalile Abdulla. He also received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2010.
He was a doctor by profession. Born in Onchiyam in Kozhikode, he completed his MBBS from Aligarh Muslim University and worked as a government doctor from 1970 to 1973. From 1974 to 1996 he ran a private nursing home.
Later from 1999, he worked as a medical officer in a tribal belt in Wayanad.