M. Leelavathi, noted critic, received the Samastha Kerala Sahithya Parishad award here on Tuesday.

M. Achuthan, president of the Sahithya Parishad, presented the award to Dr. Leelavathi. It consisted of a purse of Rs. 25,000 and plaque.

Speaking on the occasion, K.G. Sankara Pillai, renowned poet, said that there is a hidden enlightenment in Dr. Leelavathi's works. She has been able to travel deep in to the core essence of various literary works in Malayalam literature, he said.

Explaining that Dr. Leelvathi's literary career has spread like a thick forest into the minds of the readers, Dr. Pillai said that it has also left an indelible mark in their hearts thanks to her deep understanding of various subjects and the ability to unravel it before the readers effectively. S. K. Vasanthan, noted writer, said that Dr. Leelavathi has been successful in bringing in refined and innovative ideas and themes through her criticism of various works. Denying allegations that Dr. Leelavathi has been supporting only the elite Hindu writers, he said that those propagating such views had a narrow view about Dr. Leelavathi and her works.

Recalling the illustrious career of Dr. Leelavathi, as a teacher, Thuravoor Viswambharan, noted scholar, said that Dr. Leelavathi had a deep sense of humour and she could lace it effectively with her lectures. Prof. Viswambharan said that Dr. Leelavathi could inspire a lot of generations through her works.

Vijayalakshmi, noted poet, and M. V. Benny, general secretary of Sahithya Parishad, spoke.

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