Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri popularly known as Akkitham was born on born 18 March 1926 in Palakkad.
A poet and a social reformer who started his career with an award-winning Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam. Another noted and award-winning poetic work of Akkitham was Balidarsanam (Vision of Bali), which fetched him the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award in 1973. Other works of Akkitham included Arangettam, Nimisha Kshetram, Idinju Polinja Lokam, Amritaghatika, Akkithattinte Teranjedutta Kavitakal, and Kalikkottilil. Upanayanam and Samavarttanam are his noted essay works. He also won the Vayalar Award in 2012.’Unnikkinavukal’, Oru kula Munthiringa’ and ‘Kalikkottilil’ are three collections of poems for children.
He was awarded Padma Shri in 2017.