M P Veerendra Kumar presented Moortidevi Award | Video
Kozhikode: Malayalam author M P Veerendra Kumar was on Saturday presented the 30th Moortidevi Award instituted by the Bharatiya Jnanpith.
The award was presented by Jnanpith laureate and eminent writer M T Vasudevan Nair at a function held at Tagore Centenary Hall in Kozhikode.
Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan and Moortidevi laureate C Radhakrishnan were respectively the guest of honour and the special guest at the function.
Veerendra Kumar was selected for the award for his acclaimed travelogue 'Haimavatha Bhoovil,' which according to the Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation dwells upon the ancient trails of Indian culture, myth, literature and people strewn in the plains, valleys and mountains of India.
Bharathiya Jnanpith director Leeladhar Mandloi had opined that the book highlights environmental concerns over fragile mountain ecosystem and calls for action over lack of water resources and waste disposal systems.
The book is a quest to unravel the great mysteries of the Land of the Gods, he had said.
Moortidevi award, which is presented annually for contemplative and perceptive work, consists of a Saraswati statue, a citation plaque and cash award of Rs 4 lakh.
The award is given annually for books written in all Indian languages besides English pertaining to Indian philosophy.
'Haimavatha Bhoovil' had won the Vayalar Award and Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award in 2008 and 2010 respectively.