The Kerala Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2011 have been announced.

‘Manushyanu Oramukham’ written by Subhash Chandran has been selected as the best novel. Kureepuzha Sreekumar’s ‘Keezhalan’ has been chosen as the best poem.

Akademi president Perumbadavam Sreedharan announced the awards at a press conference here on Wednesday.

The other awards are — Balasubramanian’s ‘Natyakam Cholliyatom’ (drama); U.K. Kumaran’s ‘Policukarante Penmakkal’ (short story); B. Rajeevan’s ‘Vakkukalum Vasthukkalum’ (literary criticism); L.S. Rajagopalan’s ‘Eenavum Thalavum’ (scholarly literature); K.R. Gouri’s autobiography (autobiography/biography); T.N. Gopakumar’s ‘Volga Tharangangal’ (travelogue); ‘Kah’ by K.B. Prasanna Kumar (translation); and Lalithambika’s ‘Kaliyum Karyavum’ (humour).

K. Radhakrishnan’s ‘Gandhijiyude Atmakatha Kuttikalkku’ bagged the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Prize for children’s literature.

The awards carry a purse of Rs.25,000, a citation and a plaque each.

Endowment awards

‘Malayala Vyakarana Sidhanthangal’ by N.K. Mary has been selected for the I.C. Chacko Award (Rs.2,000). C.B. Kumar Award (Rs. 3,000) was bagged by ‘Kathapole Chilathu Sambhavikkumbol’ (essay) by S. Gopalakrishnan; and K.R. Namboodiri Award (Rs. 2,000) is for ‘Mahabharatha Paryadanam Bharathadarsanam: Punarvayana’ by Thuravur Viswambharan.

The works that have won the other endowment awards are ‘Thonniya Poloru Puzha’ (poem) by Aryambika (Kanakasree Award - Rs.2,000); ‘Pachayude Album’ (collection of short stories) by Dhanya Raj (Geeta Hiranyan Award, Rs.5,000); and ‘Bharatheeya Darsanam English Kavithayil’ by Anniyil Tharakan (G.N. Pillai Award, Rs. 3,000).

The awards and endowments will be presented at a function to be held here later this month.