Malayalam-English writer TP Rajeevan, 63, died in Kozhikode

Popular award-winning writer TP Rajeevan has died aged 63 at a private hospital in Kozhikode in Kerala. Rajeevan has made substantial contributions to various facets of literature including poetry, novels, travelogues, and screenwriting.

Kozhikode,UPDATED: Nov 3, 2022 11:43 a.m. IST

Screenwriter TP Rajeevan

TP Rajeevan, 63, died in Kozhikode on Wednesday. (File photo)

By India Today Web Desk: TP Rajeevan, a popular and award-winning Malayalam-English poet, novelist and screenwriter, died of medical complications at a private hospital in Kozhikode, Kerala on Wednesday October 2. According to his family, Rajeevan was being treated for kidney ailments for some time. He died at the age of 63.

His funeral will take place today at 3 p.m. at his residence in Balussery. From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., his body was displayed to the public at Kozhikode City Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

He is the recipient of several major literary awards including the prestigious Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. Popularly known as TP in literary circles, Rajeevan has made substantial contributions to various facets of literature including poetry, novels, travelogues, and screenwriting.

Some of his major works include “Palerimanikyam Oru Pathira Kolapathakam”, “KTN Kottoor: Ezhuthum Jeevithavum”, “Kriyashesham”, “Kunhali Marakkar”. “Palerimanikyam” was made into a movie under the same name with Mammootty in the lead role.

In 2014, Rajeevan won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award for “KTN Kottoor: Ezhuthu Jeevithavum”.

Born in 1959 in Perampra Paleri, Rajeevan graduated from NSS College, Ottapalam in English Literature. He worked as a journalist in Delhi and as a public relations officer at the University of Calicut. He then became KC Joseph’s additional private secretary in the Ministry of Culture under the last Oommen Chandy government.

Rajeevan, as Thachchampoyil Rajeevan, also wrote poems in English. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed condolences over Rajeevan’s death.

(With input from PTI)