Thrissur: Well-known author of children’s literature in Malayalam, Leela Nambudiripad, known by her pen name Sumangala, died on Tuesday at her residence in Wadakkanchery in Thrissur district due to age-related ailments, family sources said. She was 87.
Sumangala bagged the 2013 Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award and Bal Sahitya Puraskar, for her contribution to children’s literature. She has also made her mark as a translator and novelist. Besides translating Panchatantra and Valmiki Ramayana from Sanskrit into Malayalam, she has also penned over 50 books. Her works include Mittayi Pothi, Neypayasam, Manjadikuru, Kurinjiyum Koottukarum, among others.
According to reports, Sumangala fell ill after a fall three months ago. Born in 1934, Sumangala is the daughter of later Sanskrit scholar OMC Namboothiripad and Uma Antharjanam.