THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Mizhavu artist Padma Shri P K Narayanan Nambiar has been selected for this year’s Nritha-Natya Puraskaram instituted by the State Government. This was announced by Cultural Affairs Minister M A Baby here on Wednesday.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a citation and a plaque. The winner of the award was selected by a jury headed by Kerala Kalamadalam deemed university Vice-Chancellor K G Poulose and comprising Kalamandalam Kshemavathy, Rama Chakiar and Cultural Affairs Secretary V. Venu as members.
Nambiar is the son of late Padma Shri Mani Madhava Chakiar, one of the most illustrious figures in the field of Koodiyattom.
COPYRIGHT TABLE: Baby said that a copyright table for facilitating the sale of copyright of books will be held from December 20 to 22 as part of the Thiruvananthapuram International Book Festival. The festival is scheduled to be held from December 18 to 28 at Kanakakkunnu Palace here. Cuban Ambassador to India Miguel Angel Ramos will inaugurate the International Book Festival. The copyright table will have the participation of 40 publishers including 10 from the State. The copyright table is being held in cooperation with Frankfurt Book Fair, the biggest book festival in the world. National Book Trust Trust former chairman Nirmal Kanthi Bhattacharya will inaugurate the round table.
AWARD FOR BOOKS: The Minister announced the Thiruvananthapuram International Book Festival award for ten books. Each award carries a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and a citation. The books were selected by a 15-member expert committee.
The books selected for the award are: Amen by Sister Jasmi, Bhagavath Geetha Pala Kalam, Pala Kazhchakkal by Somasekharan, Jeevitham, Mamukoya, Kozhikode by Thaha Madayi, Daivathinte Pianoyille Pakshikkal by Thomas Joseph, Francis Iddikora by T.D. Ramakrishnan, Ayyankalikke Adaravode by Cherai Ramadas, Charles Darwin: Jeevithavum Kalavum by P. Govinda Pillai, Ramayanam by N V P Unnithiri, Uppante Kooval Varaikkunnu by S. Joseph and Indian Cinemayil Ninnu India Kandethumbol by G P Ramachandran.