Acclaimed academic, writer Professor Kriben Pillay passes away

Kriben Pillay UKZN - Acclaimed academic, writer Professor Kriben Pillay passes away

Acclaimed academic, award-winning writer, theatre performer, poet and spiritualist, Professor Kriben Pillay, has passed away.

The 62-year-old died on Sunday morning after a brief illness.

Tributes on social media have described Professor Pillay as an exceptional scholar, outstanding storyteller and a man with a razor-sharp mind.

Dr Satchu Annamalai, who shared a 40-year friendship with Pillay, says his death is a huge loss to the world of theatre and academia.

“I think we have lost an amazing academic, somebody who has given so much and still had so much more to give and a lot of people in the academic world will speak to him about various topics and all of them would testify that they were greatly inspired by this person and also I learnt a lot from him.”

In the audio below, Dr Satchu Annamalai pays tribute to Professor Pillay:

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