Ezhuthachan Puraskaram 2022:
Noted Malayalam fiction writer, Sethu (A. Sethumadhavan) has been selected for the Kerala government’s prestigious ‘Ezhuthachan Puraskaram’ this year in recognition of his overall contribution to the Malayalam language and literature. He focussed on modernising the literature by standing beyond the definitions of movements and trends.
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Apart from this, he was the recipient of several awards, including both from the Kendra Sahitya Akademi and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi awards, his well-known works include Pandavapuram, Kaimudrakal, Adayalangal, Kiratam, Araamathe Penkutty and Kilimozhikalkkappuram. Several of his works have been translated into various Indian and foreign languages and also inspired several movies.
The career of Sethu:
- A banker by profession, the 80-year-old’s noted works include ‘Pandavapuram’ and ‘Atayalangal’ (novels) and ‘Petiswapnangal’ and ‘Sethuvinte Kathakal’ (short story). Sethu is also a recipient of the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for both novels and short stories.
- The state government’s highest literary honour has been named after Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, a 16th-century devotional poet, considered to be the father of the Malayalam language. The honour carries a cash award of Rs 5,00,000 and a citation.
About Ezhuthachan Puraskaram:
The Ezhuthachan Puraskaram is the highest literary honour is given by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Government of Kerala. The award is named after Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language and consists of a cash prize of Rs 5,00,000 and a citation. The prize money was enhanced by Rs 50,000 in 2011.