1. Eminent Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri popularly known as Akkitham has been chose for the 55th Jnanpith Award.
2. The nonagenarian is the sixth to bring the coveted literary award to Malayalam, after ONV Kurup had won it in 2007.
3. His poetic works have a rare prophetic character, predicting socio-political developments. Akkitham is also known as the poet who ushered in modernity in poetry.
4. He is a Padma Shri Awardee and he has won several literary accolades, including the Sahitya Akademi Award (1973), Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (1972 and 1988), Mathrubhumi Award, Vayalar Award, and Kabir Samman.
5. Akkitham's poetry reflects unfathomable compassion, imprints of Indian Philosophical and moral values.