The award, named after Ezhuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language, carries a cash prize of Rs five lakh and a citation.
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Writer Paul Zacharia selected for Ezhuthachan Puraskaram – books

Prominent Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia has been selected for this year’s Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the highest literary honor of the Kerala government.

The award, named after Ezhuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language, carries a cash prize of five lakh rupees and a commendation.

Zacharia was chosen for his contribution to Malayalam literature over the past five decades, Cultural Affairs Minister AK Balan said in a statement Sunday.

A five-member jury, led by Kerala Sahitya Akademi President Vyshakhan, selected him for the award.

The award will be presented to the writer in a Secretariat function here at a later date.

Born in 1945 in Kottayam, Zacharia had worked as a journalist with various national media organizations, according to a statement from the state government.

‘Salam America’, ‘Oridath,’ Aarkkariyam ‘,’ Bhaskara patelarum ente jeevithavum ‘are among his various literary works.

Zacharia won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979 and the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award in 2004.

(This story was posted from a cable agency feed with no changes to the text.)

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