Mathrubhumi institutes ‘Book of the Year’ award for best work in Indian literature
New Delhi: In order to motivate writers and publishers, ‘Mathrubhumi’ has taken a new step by instituting ‘Mathrubhumi Book of the Year’ award. Mathrubhumi Joint Managing Director M. V. Shreyams Kumar announced this in an event attended by noted writers, publishers and mediapersons.
The award comprises a purse of Rs 5 lakh and a souvenir. The first ‘Mathrubhumi Book of the Year’ award will be presented at the third edition of Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters (MBIFL) which is to be held at Kanakakkunnu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram from January 30 to February 2, 2020.
The House of Mathrubhumi has been the mother lode that has enriched Malayalam literature since our inception in 1923. For close to a century, the best of writing in the world and in Indian languages has been mined by us for the enrichment of Keralites. Thus was envisaged the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters. It hosts the brightest and the best from across the world, debating, discussing and dissenting on concepts, ideas and thoughts," M. V. Shreyams Kumar, who is also the patron of the Festival of Letters, said.
"The Mathrubhumi Book of the Year award is a commitment from Mathrubhumi to honour the best in Indian literature every year. We are inspired to honour and celebrate brilliant works, and encourage the publishers to look for the best writing by Indian authors," Shreyams Kumar said.
The original works of fiction written in English and other works translated into English will be considered for the award. Mathrubhumi’s contributions to Malayalam literature starting from the translation of ‘Les Miserables’ by Victor Hugo also were explained during the event.
Kendra Sahitya Akademi president Dr Chandrashekhara Kambara said that all great works from Indian languages which are translated into English embedding the cultural diversity will be considered for the award. He also thanked Mathrubhumi on behalf of all writers in India for instituting such an award.
‘Mathrubhumi Book of the Year’ award is given to Indian writers. Literary works translated to English from regional languages also will be considered. With this award, the Festival of Letters will turn into a celebration of Indian literature. The theme of the third edition of MBIFL is ‘Shrinking Spaces; Transcending Letters’.
"With its first two editions itself, MBIFL has created its own space on the map of cultural festivals in India. The feedback from the speakers and the audience has been positive and encouraging. As we move on to our third edition, we look for more associations to add value to the festival in terms of workshops and master classes so that we will be able to contribute to the literary as well as creative landscape of the state," said MBIFL festival director Sabin Iqbal.
"The challenge before writers today is not to be mediocre in an economically challenging world. We felt we needed to be more contributory even as the dust of the festival has settled," he added.
(With inputs from IANS)