Acclaimed Malayalam writer M. Mukundan (Maniyambath Mukundan) has been selected for the Ezhuthachan Puraskaram-2018 award, the highest literacy prize of the Kerala government.
M. Mukundan (76 years old) will be conferred for his overall contributions to the language and literature.
The Ezhuthachan Puraskaram Award carries a monetary prize of Rs 5 lakhs and citation.
M. Mukundan is popularly known as the writer of Mayyazhi and has been a recipient of the Chevalier of Arts and Literature by the French Government in 1998.
M. Mukundan also won many noted literary awards including the Kendra Sahitya Akademy award, Kerala Sahitya Akademy award, Vayalar award, MP Paul award, Muttathu Varkey award and NV Puraskaram.
M. Mukundan famous novel written by him is, ‘Mayyazhipuzhayude Theerangalil’ (On the banks of river Mayyazhi). Others are “Daivathinte Vikrithikal”, “Kesavante Vilapangal” and “Delhi Gadhakal”.
The Ezhuthachan Puraskaram Award recipient for the year 2017, was poet K Satchidanandan.
Official Language: Malayalam
Governor: Palanisamy Sathasivam
Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan