Amritakeerti Puraskaram for K B Sreedevi and Vattapparambil Gopinatha Pillai
The Amritakeerti Puraskaram instituted by Mata Amritanandamayi Math in connection with the birthday celebrations of spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi will be presented to Vattapparambil Gopinatha Pillai and K B Sreedevi.
The Award, instituted in 2001, is being given to those in the fields of theology, philosophy, literature and science for their exemplary work in the conservation and propagation of Sanathana values. The Award was not given last year since the birth anniversary celebrations were cancelled in view of the floods in Kerala.
K B Sreedevi got selected for the award for 2018 while Vattapparambil Gopinatha Pillai will be presented with the Award for 2019. The award includes a sculpture designed by Artist Namboothiti and a purse of Rs 1,23,456. The awardees were selected by the panel headed by Amritananda Mayi Math Vice-Chairman Amritaswaroopananda Puri. The Award will be presented in a function to be held at Amritapuri on September 27, the birthday of Mata Amritanandamayi.
Gopinatha Pillai, who is well known as a teacher, translator, editor as well as a writer, is currently the faculty member of IMG. He is also in the Administrative Board of Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University, Kerala Bhasha Institute and Asan Smaraka Cultural Centre. He has authored various books which include ‘Kathakali Praveshika’, ‘Paryayanikhandu’, ‘Malayala Vyakaranavum Rachanayum’ and had done studies on Aattakathakals Rukmini Swayamvaram, Ravanavijayam, Nalacharitham and Kumaran Asan’s works. He was also the Editor of Sabdatharavali and Kerala Bhashanigandu. He had been bestowed with various honours like Kathakali Pradeshika Award, M K Nair Puraskaram and Attukal Devi Trust Puraskaram. He hails from Ayiroorpara in Thiruvananthapuram.
K B Sreedevi, the most loved storyteller from Thrissur, started writing at the age of thirteen. ‘Yugantharangal’ is her first work. Sreedevi, who practised Carnatic Music and Veena recital, is one among the few women who forayed into literature from a Namboothiri family. The customs and the lifestyle of Namboothri families formed the major theme of her works. She has published many stories and novels through publications like Ezhuthachan Masika, Jayakeralam and Mathrubhumi.
‘Chanakakallu’, ‘Mukhathodu Mugham’, ‘Thiriyuzhichil’, ‘Dasaratahm’, ‘Moonnam Thalamura’, ‘Agnihotram’, ‘Bhodhisatwar’ and ‘Krishnakadha’ are her novels. ‘Krishnanuragam’, ‘Chiranjivi’, ‘Pattamula’, ‘Pinneyum Padunna Kili’ and ‘Commonwealth’ are her compilation of stories. She has also written a play titled ‘Kurooramma’. She also did the screenplay when her work Niramala was made into a feature film.
She has to her credit various awards like Kerala State Chalachitra Puraskaram, Kunkumam Award, Janmashtami Puraskaram and Purogamana Sahitya Samiti Puraskaram.