Music awards

KOZHIKODE: Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas inaugurated the 16th anniversary celebrations of the All Kerala Mappila Sangeetha Academy here on Thursday.

He gave away awards instituted by the academy. Lyricist Poovachal Khader was given the first P. Bhaskaran Master Award.

Joy Vincent and Suresh Sivapuram, music directors, shared the first Devarajan Master Award. Other winners included singer Jyotsna (M.S. Baburaj award), Mappilappattu singer Kannur Salim and Feroz Babu (Mahakavi Moyinkutty award) and Heera Nambudiri (Monisha award,). Vellayil Aboobacker, who contributed a lot to Mappilappattu, was honoured on the occasion. — Staff Reporter

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