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Ezhuthachan Prize for Pala Narayanan Nair

By Our Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE, OCT. 31. The Ezhuthachan Prize for 2000 has keen awarded to poet Pala Narayanan Nair. The name of the award-winner was announced by the Minister for Cultural Affairs, Mr. T.K. Ramakrishnan, at a press conference here today.

The award, instituted by the State Government, carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation. The cash prize is the highest for any literary award in the State.

The award-winner was chosen by a committee headed by Prof. M.K. Sanu and consisting of Dr. G. Balamohan Thampi, Mr. P. Govinda Pillai, Mr. M.T. Vasudevan Nair and the Secretary to Government, Culture, Mr. T. Balakrishnan.

The judging committee commended the captivating portrayal of the State's glorious heritage in the poems of Pala Narayanan Nair and the way they transported the reader to sublime heights where moral values reigned supreme. Among the poet's works the judges singled out `Keralam Valarunnu' for special mention for its lyrical celebration of the States' geographical, cultural and historical values.

The Ezhuthachan Prize would be presented to the poet by the Chief Minister, Mr. E.K. Nayanar, at a meeting to be held at Durball Hall. The date of the programme would be announced later.

The Ezhuthachan award, instituted in 1993, is given every year to writers who have made substantial contributions to Malayalam literature and are held in high esteem for their literary acumen. Last year the award went to Mr. K.P. Narayana Pisharody. Other winners include Ponkunnam Varkey, Dr. K. M. George, M.P. Appan, Nalappatt Balamaniamma, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai and Sooranatu Kunjan Pillai.

The award is usually announced on November 1, Kerala Day, but the announcement had to be advanced by a day because of the hartal called by the UDF. By convention, the Minister for Culture calls on the award-winner and breaks the good news. Since the Minister would not be able to reach the poet' residence in Vaikkom tomorrow because of the hartal, the Secretary to State Government for culture would be calling on the award-winner tomorrow.

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