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Akbar Kakkattil wins best novelist award

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THRISSUR, FEB. 7. The Kerala Sahithya Akademi today announced its annual literary awards for 2003.

According to a release here today, the noted writer, Akbar Kakkattil, has been selected for the best novelist award for his work `Vadakkuninnoru Kudumbavrithantham', while R. Ramachandran has been selected as the best poet for his poetry collection `Kavitha'. M. Subramanian Namboodiri, who writes under the pen-name `Thuppettan', has bagged the award for the best dramatist for his work `Vannanthei Kanam', while the award for the best short-story writer has gone to P. Surendran for his work `Jalasandhi'. According to the release, K.C. Narayanan's `Malayaliyude Rathrikal' has been selected for the award for the best literary criticism, while K. Sreekumar's `Malayala Sangeetha-Nataka Charithram' has bagged the award in the informatics literature section. The biography of Bertrand Russel authored by V. Babusenan has bagged the award in the biography/autobiography section and Raju Narayana Swamy's `Santhimanthram Muzhangunna Thazhvarayil' has won the award in the travelogue section. The translation of the `Collected works of Dr. Ambedkar' by M.P. Sadasivan has won the award in that category of literature, while `Snehapurvam Panachi' authored by Jose Panachippuram has won the award for humorous literature.

Each award carries a cash prize of Rs. 10,000, a citation and a plaque. The awards will be distributed at the anniversary celebrations of the Akademi to be held in March, said the release. The awards were finalised today at a meeting of the Akademi executive committee meeting. It was chaired by the Chairman, Yusaffali Kechery.

Sources at the Akademi told The Hindu here that the Endowment Awards of the Akademi would be announced on Monday.

However, the Akademi has deferred the announcement of the Fellowships this year.


The sources said that they would be announced only after getting the approval of the Akademi general council. Some of the council members had suggested that the general council be taken into confidence before the announcement of the Fellowships.

The executive committee will place its suggestions for the selection of the Fellowships before the next general council meeting.

However, the date of the next general council meeting has not been fixed and it is likely to take some more time because it involves many procedures, said the sources.

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