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Vallathol award presented

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCT. 16. The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, today described poet Vallathol as an eternal symbol of Malayalam language and literature.

"His contributions were not confined to literature alone. But to the entire nation as well," Mr. Chandy said.

He was speaking at a function organised by the Vallathol Sahithya Samithi to confer the Vallathol award to noted educationist and poet K. Ayyappa Panicker in the city.

At a time when conferring and receiving awards have lost their charm and value, the Vallathol award has retained its identity and distinctiveness, he said. "The value of an award depends on under whose name the award is given and to whom it is given," Mr. Chandy said.

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Receiving the award Mr. Ayyappa Panicker remarked that the State's literary imagination grew and flourished with Vallathol. "His fame and popularity is recognised and accepted throughout the country. His translations on Valmiki Ramayanam and Rig Veda in `clear Malayalam' were an eye-opener for Malayalis to know more about their country's history and its works," he said.

According to Mr. Panicker, Vallathol also played a significant role in keeping alive traditional art forms such as Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and Koodiyattam through Kalamandalam.

Hinting at Mr. Panicker's penchant for black humour, D. Babu Paul, former additional chief secretary lauded him for introducing the literary style into Malayalam language. "He often punctuates his conversation with black humour. But when it comes to his works he uses it selectively and appropriately," he said. The award function was interspersed with rendition of poems written by Mr. Panicker.

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