The first ‘Ayanam — A. Ayyappan poetry award' was presented to poet Vijayalakshmi at a function held here on Friday.
Writer and social activist Sukumar Azhikode presented the award at a remembrance meeting organised by the Ayanam Samskarika Vedi on the first death anniversary of Ayyappan.
Addressing the function, Mr. Azhikode said Ayyappan was an unpredictable poet, who ridiculed the conventional rules of life. Ayyappan's short and simple verses conveyed deep and intense feelings of scorched lives, he said.
“As in his life, he never bothered to follow meter or other poetic norms. His poetry carried the stamp of anarchy, anger and angst,” Mr. Azhikode said.
Considered as the icon of anarchism in Malayalam poetry, he had nothing to call his own. He died the way he lived, he said.
Flaying the Asan Memorial Association for not awarding the Asan Puraskaram, that Ayyappan had won just before his demise, to the poet's family, Mr. Azhikode said it was an injustice to the departed soul. He urged the Association to present the award to Ayyappan's sister Subbalakshmi without further delay.
Ms. Vijayalakshmi presented the prize money to the family of Ayyappan.
Writer Punathil Kunjabdulla was the chief guest at the function.
Writers P.R. Hari, Savithri Laxmanan, Civic Chandran and Mullanezhy were among those who attended the award function.
Friends and fans of Ayyappan attended the get-together held earlier in the day.
Poet Mullanezhy released a book, ‘Pooviloode Kadannu Poyavan,' a book written by Vijesh Edakkunni on Ayyappan.