Litterateur Desamangalam Ramakrishnan has urged the University of Kerala to institute a chair in memory of the late poet Ayyappa Panicker.
He was speaking after receiving this year’s Ayyappa Panicker memorial award from veteran dramatist Kavalam Narayana Panicker here on Thursday. It was Mr. Ramakrishnan’s English translation of Migual Agngel Asthuria’s Spanish work ‘President’ that fetched him the award. The jury committee was headed by the former vice chancellor of the University of Kerala, G. Balamohan Thampi. The award was last presented in 2005. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs.10,000 and a citation.
In his address, chief guest actor Nedumudi Venu said the worth of an award depended on the person in whose memory it was given, the person who gave it, and the person who received it.
Even in adverse of situations, Ayyappa Panicker retained his sense of humour, he said.
Mr. Panicker said he remembered the late poet as one who encouraged newcomers.Poet V. Madhusoodhanan Nair was also present.