The Sahridaya Awards 2011, instituted by the Kerala Readers and Writers' Circle, have been announced. Jury member Seethi K. Vayalar told media persons here on Friday the award was instituted 40 years ago.

The individual awards for overall contribution to various fields were bagged by V.P. Gangadharan (health awareness), P.K. Parakkadavu (literature), Paul Manalil, M.K. Ramesh Kumar (journalism), Faby Basheer (memoirs), Kanesh Punoor (columns), P.T. Nissar, Job Maliyekkal (Photo journalism) and Ajeeb Komachi (photography).

The other awardees are K.P. Jaleel, M.K.M. Jaffer (investigative journalism), Plavu Jayan (environment), T.P.M. Ibrahim Khan (education), Almanar monthly magazine (role in renaissance), Bismi (anti-dowry movement), P.A. Shahul Hameed (service to physically challenged persons), Ammar Keezhparambu (social responsibility), Nandan Pillai (traffic awareness), M.A. Aboobakker (oratorical skills), N.K.A. Shareef (library service), Bhaskara Pothuval (Malayalam language), C.H. Ahmed Kuttiadi (parallel journalism), Junior Padiyath Muhammedali (entrepreneurship), K.K. Abdul Salaam (business development), Muraleedharan Anappuzha (children's literature), T.K. Pushkaran (film documentary), A.S. Muhammed (magazine collection), Ranjith (social science club), Moidu Kizhisseri (travelogue), Mar Athenasius High School, Kakkanad (school magazine), Muhammed Khan (media man of the year), R.I. Shamsuddeen (cultural organisation), Sebastian Chundel (anti-addiction campaign), V.M. Badaruddeen (novel), John Fernandes (drama), Kayyummu (poetry), Fousiya Younis (English poetry), P.P. Hameed (satire), Muthayil Abdulla (debut short story), Naseem Punnayur (publication), K.P. Shamsudeen (literary service to Malayalam and Urdu), K.G. Unnikrishnan (service to Hindi), R.K. Malayath (magic), Ayisha Haleema (music), Suni Al-Hadi (television anchoring) and Hakeem Koottayi (radio anchoring).

The awards consist of a citation, memento and a shawl.

It will be presented to the winners during the concluding ceremony of the silver jubilee of Salafi Times magazine, in Kochi on April 16.

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