Ezhuthachan Puraskaram for MT Vasudevan Nair
Posted on: 08 Nov 2011
Well-known writer and Film Personality M T Vasudevan Nair has been chosen for the prestigious Ezhuthachan Puraskaram 2011 for his invaluable contribution to Malayalam literature.
Announcing the award at a press meet here this monring, Minister of Rural Development and Culture K C Joseph said the government had decided to enahce the price money for the highest literary award insituted by it from Rs one lakh to 1.5 lakh from this year onwards.
Besides, the award carried citation and plaque, he said.
Personally conveying the government's decision to confer the award to Mr Vasudevan Nair, he said it would be presented at a function in Thiruvanthapuram as per his convenience, the Minister added.
Expressing happiness, Mr Vasudean Nair said the prize money would be presented to Tirur Thunjan Parambu, the Memorial for Thunjath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, known as the father of Malayalam literature.
Mr Nair had earlier won many coveted awards, including Jnanpeeth, Kerala and Kendra Sahitya Akademi awards, among others.
Instituted in 1993, Padmashri Sooranad Kunjan Pillai won the maiden award, followed by Thakashi Sivasankara Pillai, Poet Balamani Amma and literary critic M Leelavathi in 2010.