Celebrated Malayalam poet and writer Ashita has died at the age of 63

Ashita had been battling cancer for a number of years

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Malayalam poet and writer Ashita has died at the age of 63 after a prolonged battle with cancer.

In a celebrated career, Ashita wrote 20 books, including poetry collections, translations and children's literature. Her best-known titles include Apoorna Viramangal, Vismaya Chhihnangal and Ashithayude Kathakal.

Ashita, who was born in Thrissur in 1956, won a series of prestigious literary awards, including the Padmarajan Award – Thathagatha (2000), Lalithambika Antharjanam Award (1994) and Edaserri Award (1986).

She is survived by her husband KV Ramankutty and daughter Uma Praseeda.