The 20th Muttathu Varkey award for literature was presented to writer and women's activist Sara Joseph here on Saturday.
Ms. Joseph has been selected for the award for her collection of stories ‘Papathara'.
Speaking after receiving the award, Ms. Joseph said that the writings of Muttathu Varkey had the power to make the reader stay captivated. “He was a writer whose words were rich and unadulterated in their ulterior meaning. His works conveyed the pure relation between the man and the soil,” she said.
She also reminisced about her foray into the world of literature. “Memories take me 50 years back to a phase during my childhood, when I could not be distanced from my habit of reading. This was much to the dismay of my mother who subscribed to the common perception at that time that the job of a girl was to attend to the household chores. However, my father had always emphasised on the value of reading. It was then that I had come across the works of Muttathu Varkey,” she said.The award that carried a purse of Rs.33,333, a citation and a statuette was presented by Mahatma Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor Rajan Gurukkal at a function held at the D.C. Auditorium.
The Muttathu Varkey Award for literary contribution by college students was presented to P. Neetha of Government Victoria College, Palakkad. Ms. Joseph presented the award that carried a cash prize of Rs.4,000 and a citation.
M.C. Antony delivered the Muttathu Varkey Memorial Lecture.