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BANGKOK, Aug 25 — Angkarn Kalayanapong, renowned poet and National Artist, passed away early this morning at the age of 86 after suffering from long-term heart disease, diabetes, and senility.

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The Culture Ministry’s Department of Cultural Promotion director-general Prisna Pongtadsirikul told reporters that Mr Angkarn, the National Artist in the category of literature has passed away at 12:30 am this morning at Samitivej Hospital. He was 86 years old.

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Born in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat on February 13, 1926, Angkarn graduated from the faculty of painting, sculpture and graphic arts, Silpakorn University.

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Angkarn was a leading contemporary poet. He was named a National Artist in 1989 (Literature) and won the SEA Write Awards for “Panithan Kawee” (The Poet’s Pledge) in 1986.

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He began writing in the late 1950s and was initially criticised for his transgressions of poetic conventions and use of vulgar language.

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However, in 1989, Angkhan was finally honoured as a National Artist.

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Angkarn was also famous as painter. He created priceless drawings and paintings through his career including “Prints of Himmapan.”  (MCOT online news)

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