Kerala Sahitya Akademi

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Kerala Sahitya Akademi
Kerala Sahitya Akademy.JPG
Formation 1956
Type Literary Organisation
Headquarters Thrissur, Kerala,
 India
Official language Malayalam
Patron Oommen Chandy
President Perumbadavam Sreedharan
Secretary Gopalakrishnan
Website [1]

Kerala Sahitya Akademi or Academy for Malayalam literature is an autonomous body established to promote Malayalam language and literature. It is situated in City of Thrissur, Kerala in India.[1]

History[edit]

The academy was inaugurated on October 15, 1956, by Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the former king of Travancore, in Thiruvananthapuram. It was shifted to its present location at City of Thrissur on September, 1957. Though the Kerala Government provides the funding and support for the academy, the administration of the academy is autonomous according to its constitution. The academy recognises superior literary works through its annual literary awards for Poetry, Novel, Story, Drama, Literary criticism, Biography - autobiography, Travelogue, Humour, Translation, Children's literature etc.. As of 2011 the academy is headed by Malayalam novelist Perumbadavam Sreedharan, who is serving as its President, and Gopalakrishnan as its secretary.[2]

Activities[edit]

The Akademi has one of the best libraries in Kerala. It is an approved doctoral research centre for the universities in Kerala. The Akademi also holds periodic book festivals to encourage reading among the masses. The Akademi has a picture gallery of writers of yester years. The Akademi regularly publishes three journals Sahithyalokam, Sahithya Chakravalam and Malayalam Literary Survey (in English). The Akademi awards the illustrious Ezhuthachan Puraskaram which is named after the father of Malayalam literature Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan yearly to prominent literary figures.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sahitya Akademi". Government of Kerala. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "LITERARY AND CULTURAL SOCIETIES". Government of Kerala. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 

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