Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Prathishtana Kuppali has selected Tamil poet V Annamalai aka Imayam for the Kuvempu National award for the year 2022 at the Kuvempu’s 118th birth anniversary program on December 29 at Kuppali in Thirthahalli taluk. ‘Kannada National Poet Kwembu Rashtriya Puraskar Award is presented annually in memory of the late poet Kwembu has been announced to Writer Institute for the Tamil language. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a silver medal and a citation.
Annamalai writes in the pen name Imayam and has penned seven novels, six short story collections, and a novella. His debut novel ‘Koveru Kazhudaigal has been translated into English, French, and many other Indian languages. Imayam has brought new sensibilities to Tamil literature through his writings. His novels Koveru Kazhudaigal and Pethavan, have been translated into English and several other languages.
A committee headed by BL Shankar, acting president, Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Trust, unanimously selected Imayam for the award. The committee included Dr Krishnaswamy, retired Tamil professor, Christ University, and Agrahara Krishnamurthy, former secretary, Central Sahitya Academy and others.