Tamil writer A. A. Manavalan has been chosen for the Saraswati Samman 2011 for his book on Ramayana, the K. K. Birla Foundation announced on Thursday.
The 75-year-old retired professor and Head of the Department of Tamil at Madras University will be bestowed the prestigious award for his 2005 work, Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalum (Ramakatha and Ramayanas).
The award-winning book is a comparative study of 48 Ramayanas in Pali, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Tibetan, Tamil, Old Javanese, Japanese, Telugu, Assamese, Thai and Kashmiri. — PTI