Kerala commemorates first anniversary of famed poet Sugathakumari's death

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On Thursday, December 23, the Kerala government will commemorate the first anniversary of the death of the legendary poet and recognised environmental campaigner Sugathakumari. At a celebration at VJT Hall on Thursday at 4 p.m., Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will kick off the event honouring the late poet. The chief guest will be Education Minister V Sivankutty. The event will be organised by Abhaya, a non-governmental organisation founded by Sugathakumari in the state capital in 1985.

Sugathakumari was always involved in the social and cultural life of the state. She built 'Abhaya' against fierce opposition and criticism from numerous quarters. Abhaya has become well-known in the state for housing homeless women, the mentally ill, drug addicts, and other social outcasts. The NGO is leading a plethora of social activities aimed at empowering women, rehabilitating addicts, and assisting the mentally sick.

The NGO intends to lobby the government to establish an organisation in memory of the late poet in order to honour her legacy. "It's been a year since she left us, and I'm still missing her. "I felt shielded by her even while she was ill, and now I am exposed to harsh truths of life," said Lakshmi Devi, Abhaya's secretary and Sugathakumari's daughter.

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