National award for Malayalam poet K Sachhitanandan

Nashik: Noted Malayalam poet Dr K Sachhitanandan was on Tuesday honoured with a national award named after Gyanpeeth-laureate Marathi litterateur late V V Shirwadkar at a function held here.

The 66-year-old who has 23 collections of poetry to his credit besides many collections was bestowed with the "Kusumagraj Rashtriya Sahitya Puraskar" instituted by the city-based Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University at the hands of the Vice-Chancellor R Krishna Kumar and noted Marathi poet N D Mahanor.

The award carries Rs one lakh in cash and a citation which was presented to Sachhitanandan at a function held in YCMOU campus.

Born on May 28, 1946 at Pullat in Kerla, Sachhitanandan served as a professor in Christ College for 25 years and also worked as editor of the world class periodical titled "Indian Literature".

He retired from Indira Gandhi National Open University's school of translation studies in 2011.

"I am happy as I am being honoured with the national level award by YCMOU in the name of noted poet and playwright late V V Shirwadkar, popularly known as Kusumagraja," Sachhitanandan said. The award was given coinciding with the 100th birth anniversary of Kusumagraj.