Vayalar literary award for Vishnu Narayanan Namboodiri

Thiruvananthapuram: Eminent Malayalam poet Prof Vishnu Narayanan Namboodiri has been selected for the prestigious Vayalar Rama Varma literary award for his collection of poems "Charulatha".

Namboodiri was selected for the honour by a three-member jury, comprising writers M Thoams Mathew, K S Ravi Kumar and Venugopalan Nair, the Vayalar Rama Varma Trust office-bearers announced at a press meet here today.

Namboodiri``s works are known for their blend of tradition and modernity, the jury noted.

An eminent academic, Namboodiri had taught literature in colleges in Kerala for long. He is the recipient of several literary honours, including the awards of Kendra Sahitya Akademi and Kerala Sahithya Akademi.

A scholar of Indian classical and western literature and philosophy, his poems stand out on account of their philosophic depth.

Namboodiri was also selected for this year``s Vallathol literary award on October 7.

The Vayalar award was instituted in memory of renowned Malayalam poet and lyricist late Vayalar Rama Varma. It carries a cash prize of Rs 25,000, a citation and a memento.

PTI

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