Tamil Writer Perumal Murugan wins ILF Samanvay Bhasha award

October 05, 2015 04:44 pm | Updated 04:44 pm IST - New Delhi

Tamil writer Perumal Murugan will be honoured with the fourth Indian Languages Festival (ILF) ‘Samanvay Bhasha Samman’, organisers said on Monday.

The prestigious annual award recognises contribution to Indian literature.

Mr. Murugan will receive the award for Madhorubhagan , the novel for which he had earned the wrath of local groups forcing the author-poet earlier this year to withdraw himself from writing.

“The ILF award for Madhorubhagan is a modern recognition given to Tamil, a classical language with a long and unbroken literary tradition. This recognition, bestowed on my language at an unfortunate moment, will, I hope, be a shining gem rather than an unsightly wart,” Mr. Murugan said in a statement.

The author is set to be awarded on November 28 during the fifth edition of India Habitat Centre’s ILF ‘Samavay-2015’

Previous winners of the award include Hindi author Ashok Vajpeyi, Gujarati author Chandrakant Topiwala and Odiya writer Sitakant Mahapatra.

The jury for the award was chaired by K Satchidanandan and included Sachin Ketkar, Manglesh Dabral, Mitra Phukan and Arundhati Subramaniam.

Mr. Murugan has written nine novels and four collections each of short stories and poetry. Three of his novels have been translated into English - “Seasons of the Palm”, shortlisted for the prestigious Kiriyama Prize in 2005, “Current Show” and “One Part Woman” (Madhorubhagan).

“The Tamil literary canon has been expanded with the induction of the series of novels and short stories that Perumal Murugan has written. This award for Madhorubhagan is a recognition of how a writer and his insider-outsider act of writing could serve the society and connect its histories with its contemporary realities and dreams,” Rakesh Kacker, festival director said.

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