Kural Peedam Award
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The Kural Peedam Award (Tamil: குறள் பீடம் விருது) is a lifetime achievement presidential award given to eminent scholars of classical Tamil. The award was instituted in 2005 by the Central Institute of Classical Tamil under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development in India. Two awards are presented annually, one for a person of Indian origin and another for a scholar of non-Indian origin. the award includes of a cash prize of 5 lakh rupees (500,000 rupees or just over $8,000 USD), a citation, and a shawl.
- Dr. George L. Hart 2005–2006
- Dr. Jaroslav Vacek
- Dr. John Ralston Marr
- Professor Francois Gros 2008-2009
- Dr. Eva Wilden