Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 15 : Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Sunday condoled the demise of poet Puthussery Ramachandran, who enriched Malayalam language through literary and critical works and played a major role in earning the 'classical status' for Malayalam. The 92-year-old poet died due to age old illness at his residence at Vellayambalam here on Saturday. In a message, the Governor said "Saddened by the demise of Puthussery Ramachandran, noted poet, professor and scholar in Dravidian linguistics."
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who visited his house and paid tribute to the departed soul this morning, said Puthusssery Ramachandran, who fought for freedom and took part in Quit India Movement, was instrumental in getting classical status to Malayalam. During his student days, he took part in the Punnapra Vayalar struggle. Ramachandran was a major force behind various international conferences and also the founder president of University Teachers’ Federation. He was also a visiting professor at Moscow and Texas Universities. (UNI)