M P Veerendra Kumar to be presented Moortidevi Award on Saturday
Kozhikode: M P Veerendra Kumar will be presented the 30th Moortidevi Award instituted by Bharatiya Jnanpith on Saturday, said Leeladhar Mandloi, Director of Bharatiya Jnanpith, at a press conference here on Friday.
The award, comprising a purse of Rs 4 lakh, a statue of Goddess Saraswati and a citation plaque, will be bestowed on him by eminent writer M T Vasudevan Nair at a function to be held at Tagore Centenary Hall in Kozhikode at 5.30 pm on Saturday.
Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan will be the guest of honour at the function and the special guest will be writer C Radhakrishnan, who won the award for 2013.
“Veerendra Kumar has been selected for the award for his acclaimed travelogue 'Haimavatha Bhoovil.' In this book, Veerendra Kumar exquisitely finds the link between the divine terrain of Himalayas and banks of Nila (Bharathapuzha), the land of Vedas. At the same time, this travelogue unravels the ancient trails of Indian culture, myth, literature and people strewn in the plains, valleys and mountains of India,” said Leeladhar Mandloi.
“It further echoes the environmental concern for the fragile mountain ecosystem, urging an early solution for availability of water and waste disposal. The book is a quest to unravel the great mysteries of the Land of the Gods,” he said.
The translated versions of the book as "Velli Panimalayin Meethu" in Tamil, "Vaadiyan Bulaati Hein Himalay Ki" in Hindi, and in English will be brought out shortly, he added.
“The award is given annually for books written in all Indian languages besides English pertaining to Indian philosophy. It is presented for a contemplative and perceptive work which expresses, underlines and illumines human values rooted in the broad vision of Indian philosophy and cultural heritage," added Leeladhar Mandloi.
Author of 21 works in Malayalam, Veerendra Kumar has been conferred with nearly 100 awards, including Kendra and Kerala Sahitya Akademi awards, Fellowship by Kerala Sahitya Akademi and Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman.
Among Malayalam litterateurs, veteran poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri and C Radhakrishnan have won the honour previously.
Debabrata Goswami and Dharampal too attended the press conference.