THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Folklore Akademi has selected C.K. Andiperumalayan, Thirayattom performer; Raphael Joseph, Chavittunaatakom performer; and Vengara Krishnappanikkar, Maruthukali artiste; for its fellowships. The akademi has selected 25 folklore artistes for its various awards and decided to offer ‘guru puja' to 10 others. The fellowships and awards will be presented in Kozhikode in April, C.J. Kuttappan, Chairman of the academy said.
The award winners are S.V. Peer Muhammed (Mappilappattu); M.V. Parvathy (Nattippaattu); Thayambath Kunhikkannan (Poorakkali); Velayudhan (Aryamaala); T. Krishnan Peruvannaan (Theyyam); Keezhillam Unnikrishnan (Mudiyettu); Kaarthu (Naadanppattu); Kali (Kuzhal); K.N. Omana (Thiruvathirakali); R. Sreedharan Nair (Bhadrakaalippattu); Balan Chirayath (Kambukali); O.V. Krishnan (Pulluvanppattu), Ayyappan (Cheruneeliyaattom); Madhathil Kunhikrishnan (Kannyaarkali); Nanchamma (Adivasippattu), Podikkalam Parambil Kunhirama Peruvannan (Sreestha); K.S. Mohammed Hussain (Muttumbili); T. Gomathy Amma (Parisamuttukali); A.N. Anirudhan (Chavittunaatakom); Kuttamath A. Sreedharan (folk art studies); K.U. Damodara Poduval (Paachaka Kala); C. Raman (Poraattukali); A.S. Prasanth Krishnan (book on folklore); and K.M. Nadiya (first rank, MA folklore studies). Those who would be accorded ‘guru puja' are A. P. Raghavan (Poorakkali); C.T. Thankamma Thomas (Margamkalippaatt); Kanniyeri Kannan Kuttooran (Theyyam); Puliyannur Chandran (Poorakkali); P.V. Kunhambu Panikkar (Poorakkali); P.P. Janardhanan (Poorakkali); Kadavath Balakrishna Panikkar (Marathukali); Kundora Kunhirama Peruvannan (Theyyam); K.J. John (Naadanppattu); E.P. Narayana Peruvannan (Theyyam, Theyyachamayam).