Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 30: Writer K V Mohan Kumar’s novel ‘Ushnarashi’ has been chosen for 42nd Vayalar Ramavarma Literary Award on Saturday.
“It was a unanimous decision by the jury. Mohan in his novel has written about the Punnapra-Vayalar revolution. It is one of the first Malayalam novels that has included Tantrik Buddhism,” said M K Sanu, president, Vayalar Ramavarma Memorial Trust, while announcing the award here on Saturday. The three-member jury included Prof. M S Geetha, NSS College Assistant Professor Bettymol Mathew and former director of State Institute of Languages M R Thampan.
Jaravrikshathinte Thanal, Shradhavesham, Hey Rama, Jaranum Poochayum, Pranayathinte Moonam Kannu are the other novels by Mohankumar. The short story collections of the author are Akamkazhchakal and Bhumiyude Anupatham. MohanKumar, who born in Alappuzha, began his career as a journalist. Later he joined with civil service.
The Award will be presented at a function to be held on October 27, the death anniversary of poet and lyricist Vayalar Ramavarma, at Nishagandhi auditorium here. The award carries a cash prize of `1 lakh, citation and a statuette designed by sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman.
Mohan Kumar, who’s currently the Director of Public Instruction (DPI), was chosen for the award unanimously. At the meeting on Saturday, Sanu also announced the inauguration of Chandarakalabham’ - the Vayalar Smrithi Mandapam near the poet’s house Raghavaparambu, which is now being renovated.