Thrissur: The Kerala Sahitya Akademi awards for 2008 were announced here on Saturday.
Addressing a press conference here, akademi president M. Mukundan said a three-member jury decided the award in each category.
P.A. Uthaman’s Chavoli was adjudged the best novel. The awards in the other categories are as follows: poetry: Ezhacheri Ramachandran (Ennilloode); drama: Jayaprakash Kuloor (Jayaprakash Kuloorinthe 18 Natakangal); short-story: Santhosh Echikkanam (Komala); literary criticism: V. Rajakrishnan (Maruthira Kathuninnappol); scholarly literature: Dr. P.K. Pokker (Swathwa Rashtreeyam); biography/autobiography: Dr. P.K. Warrier (Smrithi Parvam); travelogue: Iyyancode Sreedharan (King Learinte European Sanchara Pathangal); translation: Muthulakshmi (Charaka Paithrukam); children’s literature: K. Papputty (Chiruthakuttiyum Mashum) and
humour: K.L. Mohana Varma (Kariachante Lokam). The awards carry a purse of Rs.20,000, citation and plaque each.
The akademi also announced various endowment awards. R. Vasudevan Potti (Karaka Prakaranam) was named for the I.C. Chacko Award. The other awards are: C.B. Kumar Award for V.K. Sreeraman (V.K. Sreeramante Lekhanangal); K.R. Namboodiri Award for N.V.P. Unnithiri (Vaideekam); Kanakasree Award for V.K. Hema (Dooradharsini); G.N. Pillai Award for Paul Manalil (Keralathile Bhasha Nyunapakshangal); Geeta Hiranyan Award for S. Hareesh (Rasavidyayude Charitram); Bombay Nataka Vedi Award for Rafeeq Mangalassery (Chilappol Meera Chilappol Sameera); and Kuttippuzha Krishna Pillai Award for P.P. Raveendran (Veendeduppukal Sahithyam Samskaram Agolatha).
P. G. Sujith topped the Thunjan Smaraka essay competition.
Asked to comment on why most of the awards went to Left sympathisers, Akademi vice-president P. Valsala said it would be unfair to deny talented writers awards because of their political inclination.