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Ezhuthachan award for T. Padmanabhan

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM NOV. 1. T. Padmanabhan, Malayalam litterateur, has been selected to receive the `Ezhuthachan Award' for 2003, instituted by the Government of Kerala.

It is for his overall contribution to the promotion of Malayalam literature that Mr. Padmanabhan has been selected to receive the award, carrying a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, a citation and a statuette. This is the only award for literature, instituted by the State Government.

Announcing this at a press conference here today, G. Karthikeyan, Minister for Cultural Affairs, said that the winner had been selected by a jury headed by V. R. Prabodhachandran Nair and comprising Yusufali Kecheri, president of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, P. Valsala, D. Benjamin and E. K. Bharatbhushan, Secretary, Department of Culture, Government of Kerala. The jury described Mr. Padmanabhan as a trendsetter and as an uncompromising humanist. He had provided a new sense of direction to the field of Malayalam story writing. His stories were almost bordering on poetry. ``I am elated by this rare honour'', said Mr. Padmanabhan, who was also present at the press conference.

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