Kozhikode: Eminent writer C Radhakrishnan has been selected for this year's Mathrubhumi Literary Award in recognition of his rich contribution to the field of literature.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, a citation and a statuette designed by M V Devan. Radhakrishnan was selected by a panel chaired by novelist M Mukundan. Sethu and Sarah Joseph were the other members of the jury, said Mathrubhumi Managing Director M P Veerendra Kumar and Managing Editor P V Chandran.

Radhakrishnan has proved his mettle in various capacities as novelist, short story writer, cine director, teacher and media personnel. The relentless efforts on methods for parallel infusion of scientific exploration in fiction and essays simultaneously make his style a unique one, observed the panel.

Radhakrishnan was born to Parappur Madathil Madhavan Nair and Chakkupurakkal Janaki Amma at Chamravattom in Ponnani taluk in February 15, 1939.

His works such as Ellam Maykunna Kadal, Pullippuliyum Vellinakshathrangalum, Spandhamapinikale nandi, Ivide Ellavarkkum Sukham Thane, Puzha Muthal Puzha Vare, Munpe Parakkunna Pakshikal, Karal Pilarum Kalam, Ini Oru Nirakanchiri, Ullil Ullathu, Theekkadal Kadanju Thirumadhuram had garnered much attention at the publishing stage itself.

Radhakrishnan is a recipient of several coveted honours, including the National Literary Academy of India, Kerala Literary Academy, Vayalar Award, Mahakavi G. Award, Pandit Karuppan Award,  Lalithambika Award and Padmaprabha Puraskaram.