: Minister for Education and Culture M A Baby distributed the Balasahitya Awards, 2009 instituted by the Kerala State Institute for Children's Literature at a function held here on Wednesday.
Sippy Pallippuram won the C.G. Shanthakumar Award for overall contribution to children's literature.
Other award recipients are Ramakrishnan Kumaranallur (poetry); Alinthara G. Krishnapillai (Abraham Joseph Award for Drama); M R Renukumar (story/novel); M.Gitanjali (P.T. Bhaskarapanikkar Award for Science literature); G.S. Unnikrishnan Nair (Translation) and Gopu Pattithara (Illustration).
The award ceremony was held at the Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram. Institute director Rubin de Cruz presided over the function. Jury members D. Vinayachandran, K.S. Ravikumar, K. Pappootty and A.S. Sajith were also present at the award presentation.