Kozhikode: Acclaimed short story writer T Padmanabhan was given the 2014 Mathrubhumi Literary Award on Wednesday at the K P Kesava Menon Hall in Kozhikode by eminent Kannada literateur Hampa `Hampana’ Nagarajayya . The award carries a purse of Rs 2 lakh, sculpture and a citation.
Mathrubhumi managing director M P Veerendrakumar presided over the function. Managing editor P V Chandran welcomed the gathering. Allakode Leela Krishnan, Novelist Lissy, Mathrubhumi directors P V Gangadharan, P V Nideesh also participated in the function.
A three-member panel of jury comprising literary critic M Leelavathi, novelist M Mukundan and writer C Radhakrishnan, who selected 84-year-old Padmanabhan for the award, had opined that he gave a new dimension to the Malayalam short story stream.
Recipient of several honours including the Ezhuthachan Award, Vallathol Award, Vayalar Award, Lalithambika Antharjanam Award and Sahitya Parishad Award, Padmanabhan also won the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad's Award for his outstanding contributions to Indian languages.
Thikkodiyan, M V Devan, Pala Narayanan Nair, O V Vijayan, M T Vasudevan Nair, M Mukundan, Akkitham, Kovilan, Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri, Dr Sukumar Azhikode, Dr M Leelalavathi, Punathil Kunjabdulla and Sugathakumari have received the Mathrubhumi Literary Award in the past, the release said.