Dr M LeelavathyThiruvananthapuram: Eminent Malayalam critic and academician Dr M Leelavathi has been chosen for the prestigious N Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award 2016, instituted in memory of well-known short story writer N Mohanan.

The honour comprises a gold medal of one sovereign. An expert panel, comprising journalists M G Radhakrishnan and M Saritha Varma and Athmaraman, selected Leelavathi for the biennial award considering her contributions to Malayalam language and literature, a release said here today.

Jnanpith winning poet late O N V Kurup was the previous winner of the honour, the office-bearers of 'Sammohanam', a gathering of the friends and well-wishers of N Mohanan which instituted the award, said in the release. The award would be presented to Leelavathi in a function to be held at press club here on October 3, it added.