Kerala's Highest Litetrary Award for MT Vasudevan Nair

Kerala's Highest Litetrary Award for MT Vasudevan Nair
Renowned Malayalam writer and Jnapith laureate M T Vasudevan Nair has been chosen for the Kerala Government's highest literary award 'Ezhuthachan Puraskaram'.

A prolific and versatile writer who has produced several widely appreciated novels, hundreds of short stories and over 50 film scripts, 77-year-old Nair was chosen for the honour in view of his outstanding contributions to Malayalam literature and culture, state Culture Minister K C Joseph said announcing the award here.

The selection was made by a five-member jury headed by writer and critic Dr M Leelavathi.

Instituted after medieval poet Thunchath Ezhuthchan, revered as the father figure of Malayalam literature, the award carries Rs 1.5 lakh purse and a citation.

Reacting to his selection for the prestigious award, Nair said "I am happy to have been chosen for the award. I am happy to receive the award instituted in the name of a great teacher".

Considered as a cultural icon of Kerala, Nair, popularly known as M.T, in his career spanning over five decades, has left his imprint on diverse creative fields as novelist,short story writer, film director, scenarist and literary editor.

He was honoured with the country's highest literary prize Jnapith in 1995 for his novel Randamuzham (Second turn), an exploration into the pshyche of Mahabhratha character Bheema.

He first shot into fame with his novel Nalukettu, which narrated the story of decline and transitional pangs of matrilineal Nair community in the South Malabar region.

This was followed by several acclaimed novels like Asuravithu, Kalam (Time) and Manju (Mist), the last one set in the backdrop of Nainital.

He is also considered a master craftsman in Malayalam short story as his works stand out for their touching portrayal of characters and situations.

The film Nirmalyam, directed by MT, based on his own story, won the best film award in 1974 and earned the Bharat award for late P J Antony for his memorable performance in the lead role.

He had penned over 50 movie scripts since the late 1960s, most of which turned out to be box office hits without compromising on quality for commercial success.

A Padma bhushan awardee, MT also edited the Mathrubhumi weekly.
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