Ashita, the celebrated Malayalam poet and writer, has died. She was 63. Undergoing treatment for cancer, Ashita breathed her last at a private hospital in Keralaâ€™s Thrissur. According to an Indian Express report, the hospital confirmed the news at 12:55 am. The literary giant was especially known for her short stories and had more than 20 books under her name. â€˜Vismaya Chhihnangal,â€™ â€˜Apoorna Viramangal,â€™ â€˜Ashithayude Kathakalâ€™ â€˜Mazhameghangal,â€™ are some of her noted works. She was conferred with prestigious Edaserri Award (1986) and the Lalithambika Antharjanam Award (1994) and the Kerala Sahithya Akademi award. Ashita is survived by husband KV Ramankutty and daughter Uma Praseeda.
Day starts horribly. Ashita no more. Sad beyond words.â€” N.S. Madhavan Ø§ÛŒÙ†. Ø§ÛŒØ³. Ù…Ø§Ø¯Ú¾ÙˆÙ† (@NSMlive) March 27, 2019
Malayalam writer NS Madhavan took to Twitter to express his grief. â€œDay starts horribly. Ashita no more. Sad beyond words,â€ he said on micro-blogging site.