Eminent Mlayalam poet Prof. Vishnu Narayanan Namboodiri has been selected for the prestigious Vaylar Rama Varma literary award for his collection of poems “Charulatha.” Namboodiri was selected for the honour by a three—member jury comprising writers M Thoams Mathew, K S Ravi Kumar and Venugopalan Nair, the Vayalar Rama Varma Trust office— bearers announced at a press meet here today.

Mr. Namboodiri’s works are known for thier blend of tradition and modernity, the jury noted.

An eminent academic, Nmboodiri had taught literature in colleges in Kerala for long. He was recepient of several literary honours including the awards of Kendra Sahitya Akademi and Kerala Sahity Akademi.

A scholar of Indian classical and western literature and philosophy, Mr. Namboodiri’s poems stood out on account of their philosophic depth.

Mr. Namboodiri was the other day selected for this year’s Vallathol literary award two days back.

The Vayalar award was instituted in memory of renowned Malayalam poet and lyriist late Vayalar Rama Varma. It carries Rs 25,000, citation and memento.