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P. Surendran given Odakkuzhal Award

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KOCHI, FEB. 2. The 33rd Odakkuzhal Award, instituted by the Malayalam poet G. Sankara Kurup, was presented to the writer P. Surendran by M. Leelavathy, literary critic, at Mahakavi G. Auditorium here on Wednesday.

Delivering the G. Memorial Lecture on the occasion, the critic Asha Menon said Sankara Kurup was expressing the resonance of poetry that he had experienced through his writings. His verses expressed the reverence he had towards the abstract form of nature.

Mr. Menon lashed out at the tendency of a group of critics to denounce G. Sankara Kurup, charging him with plagiarism. Such statements were born of an inclination to malign the great poet, he charged. He was referring to a charge made by some of the leading critics, including the late Joseph Mundassery, years ago that G. Sankara Kurup's famous poem Sagara Geetham was plagiarised from the English poem Song of the Sea. But even a preliminary reading of the two works would prove this contention wrong, Mr. Menon said.

He pointed out that the poet had not lost sight of humanity even when he was engrossed in the timeless dimensions of nature. He had even made his stances towards the revolution clear. The poet had stated that he was not against a revolution that did not cause bloodshed.

P. Surendran was selected for the award for his collection of short stories titled Chinese Market. V.M. Vinayakumar, G. Madhusoodanan, M. Achuthan and P. Raveendranath spoke. Mr. Surendran addressed the gathering.

A kavi sammelan, held earlier in the afternoon, was inaugurated by the noted Malayalam poet Vishnu Narayanan Namboothiri. The poet P. Narayana Kurup presided over the function. N.K. Desom, Appan Thacheth, R.K. Damodaran, Chemmanam Chacko and others participated.

The Odakkuzhal Award, given by Guruvayoorappan Trust, was founded by G. Sankara Kurup to commemorate the Jnanapith Award he had won.

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