CHENNAI: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday presented literary awards -Chithirai Tamil New Year awards for 2016 and Thamizh Chemmal awards for 2015 - instituted by the Tamil Nadu government, at a simple function at the Secretariat.
Manavar Mandram, a Tamil literary forum, has been chosen for Thamizh Thai award for 2016. The forum will receive five lakh rupees, a shield and a citation.
LK Agniputhiran (Kabilar award), MA Venkatakrishnan (UVeSa award), Ilangai Jayaraj (Kambar award), B Manikandan (Sollin Selvar award),Vaidehi Herbert (GU Pope award), TM Abdul Kader (Umaruppulavar award), N Nanjundan (Ilangovadigal award) and Hamsa Dhanagopal (Amma literary award) received the awards from the Chief Minister.
Nagalakshmi Shanmugam, A Zakir Hussain, Alla Pitchai alias Mohammed Barista, Uma Balu, K Chellappan, V Chaitanya, C Murugesan, K Balasubramanian, S Arumugam Pillai and KS Subramanian received the award for best translators for 2016. S Selva Murali received Kanini Tamil award for 2015. The awards carry one lakh rupees, one sovereign gold medal and a citation.
Besides, one scholar had been selected from each of the 32 districts in the State for Tamil Chemmal awards which carry Rs 25,000, a citation and a shawl.