Thiruvananthapuram: The University of Kerala presented the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) to filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, actor Mammootty and mridangam maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman at a special convocation held here on Monday.
Governor R.S. Gavai, who is also the Chancellor of the university, conferred the degree after Vice-Chancellor A. Jayakrishnan read out a citation on each of the awardees.
In his citation, the Vice-Chancellor termed Mr. Gopalakrishnan a decorated filmmaker who had carved out a niche for Malayalam films in the global arena and the most brilliant star in the 70-year-old history of the Malayalam film world.
The citation on Mr. Mammootty described him as the star of stars.
Tracing the range of the characters he had portrayed through films, from ‘Ponthanmada’ to ‘Ambedkar,’ it likened his screen presence to that of Hindi film actor Dilip Kumar.
The citation also noted that Mr. Mammootty was a former student of the university.
Reading out the citation on Mr. Sivaraman, the Vice-Chancellor said the mridangam maestro’s talent and skills spanning Carnatic, Hindustani, jazz and fusion music had won him fame and recognition at the global level.
His lecture demonstrations and papers on the traditional aspects of mridangam and new trends had helped to popularise the percussion instrument, he added.
In his address, the Governor said that by honouring the trinity of great achievers, the university was honouring itself.