Akkitham to receive Jnanpith award on Thursday
Palakkad: Renowned Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri will be conferred with the Jnanpith award at Kumaranellur here on Thursday.
Akkitham is the 6th Malayalam writer to receive the award. The ceremony will be held at his residence 'Devayanam' adhering to COVID protocol on Thursday at 12 pm.
Akkitham was selected for the 55th Jnanpith award announced in 2019, at the age of 93. The award includes a cash prize of Rs 11 lakh and a bronze sculpture of Goddess Saraswati. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the meeting via online and present the award. Minister A K Balan will hand over the honour to Akkitham.
Akkitham, a native of Palakkad, has penned over 43 works in Malayalam. ‘Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam’ is his major work. He was honoured with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the Government of India in 2017. He also won a number of awards including Kendra and Kerala Sahitya Akademi Awards and Ezhuthachan Puraskaram.