THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy presented the Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the highest literary honour that is given by the government, to noted poet, scholar and teacher Dr Puthussery Ramachandran. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs1.5 lakh, a citation and plaque.
The chief minister said Dr Puthuserri’s presence and leadership is a big asset to Malayalam literary field. "I had directly witnessed his courtesy and love to achieve Sreshta Bhasha for Malayalam. I feel honoured to have been able to establish a university after Ezhuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language," he said.
Perumbadavom Sreedharan, judging committee chairman, in his speech said Puthusseri was a person who was able to maintain progressive thinking in his writings and life. His first love was poem. He did not hesitate to voice loudly the morality of his mind. His translation made us understand the beauty of African poems, Perumbadavam said. Minister K C Joseph presided over the function.
Puthusseri who spoke after receiving the award said that he is honoured to receive the award instituted in the name of one of the greatest Malayalam poets. I am happy as well as sad while accepting the award. Due recognition was not given to Kannasha poets. One can understand their contributions to Malayalam literature if history is examined. Ezhuthachan has got the inspiration from ancestral Kannashas also, he said.