Sugathakumari

Sugathakumari talks about her last rituals: ‘Dead people don’t want flowers, don’t wait for anyone’

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Famous poetess Sugathakumari has passed away. She was 86 years old. She died at the Intensive Care Unit of the Medical College Hospital.

Sugathakumari had a heart attack yesterday evening. Then this morning, the heart and kidneys stopped working completely. Rituals will be held with peace following Covid standards.

Sugathakumari was a poet as well as a social activist. She was also the first chairperson of the State Women’s Commission. Her husband was Dr K. Velayudhan Nair and had one daughter, Lakshmi.

Ambalamani received the Vayalar Award and the Odakkuzhal Award. In 2001, she won the Lalitambika Antarjanam Award. She also won the Vallathol Award in 2003, the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2004 and the Balamaniamma Award in 2004. In 2006, she won the Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award for her contribution to nature conservation.

Last words of Sugathakumari for her rituals

“I do not want any official honours from the government, I do not want to put any flower in my body after death. Also, I do not want any big religious ceremonies. I have to burn at the gate of peace as soon as possible.” Poet Sugathakumari had predicted what she wanted after death. Sugathakumari wrote in her will that there was no need to wait for anyone and that she should be buried at Shantikavatam as soon as possible. She said this in an interview with a media outlet.

While alive, she received many honours, including the underserved. Sugathakumari clarified that there is no need for respect anymore. She said this while resting due to a heart attack.


Sugathakumari has been in critical condition for the past few days due to Kovid infection. Her treatment was going at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College with the help of a ventilator. The old words are getting attention again amid reports that the poetess, who is also a Padma Shri award winner in Kovid’s case, may not have a big farewell.

Sugathakumari had made it clear that her funeral should be conducted in a very simple manner. “When a person dies, the body is covered with tens of thousands of rupees worth of wreaths and wreaths. I do not want corpse flowers. The dead do not need flowers. Give me so much love while I am alive. That is enough.” Sugathakumari clarified.