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Dec 21, 2019 Times of India

THRISSUR: Renowned writers Prof K G Sankarapillai and M Mukundan have been selected for the Kerala Sahithya Akademi Fellowships for 2018.

Akademi president Vaisakhan and secretary K P Mohanan told a press conference here on Friday that they would get a cash prize of Rs 50,000, gold medal of two sovereigns and citation each.

Vaisakhan said Scaria Zacharia, O M Anujan, S Rajasekharan, Manamboor Rajanbabu, and Nalini Bekal have been selected for the “awards for total contributions”. These awards carry a cash prize of Rs 30,000, citation and ponnada each.

V M Girija’s ‘Budhha Pournami’ has been selected for the best poetry award while K V Mohankumar’s ‘Ushna Rashi’ is the best novel and K Rekha’s ‘Mananchira’ is the best short story. ‘Choottum Koottum’, authored by Rajmohan Neeleswaran, has been selected as the best play and ‘Kunjunniyude Yathrapusthakam’, written by S R Lal, has won the award in the children’s literature category. ‘Who is afraid of V K N’, authored by VKK Ramesh, has won the award in the humour category.

P P Raveendan’s ‘Adhunikathayude Pinnamburam’ has won the award in the literary criticism section.

Babu Joseph has won the award in the informatics literature category while Muni Narayana Prasad has won the award in the biography section and Baiju N Nair in the travelogue sections. PPK Poduval in the translation category.

The akademi has also announced the various endowment awards.

Vaisakhan said the akademi awards for 2019 would be announced in the next couple of months and with that the Akademi would be able to announce the awards for every year in that year itself.

He said the akademi has decided not to accept fresh proposals for instituting endowment awards. Some of the endowment wards carry only nominal amounts as cash awards. The akademi endowments would not be justified feels unless the annual interest accrued from the endowment corpus fund is equivalent at least to the lowest cash awards being given as part of the akademi awards.

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