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Eminent Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, popularly known as Akkitham, has been chosen for the 55th Jnanpith Award, according to an announcement by the Jnanpith Selection Board.
- Born in 1926, Mr. Akkitham is one of the revered names in Malayalam poetry. His literary excellence has footprints in genre like drama, reminiscence, critical essays, children literature, short stories and translations.
- Akkitham has contributed such seminal works as Pathalathinte Muzhakkam, Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam, and Balidarshanam.
- His work Balidarshanam won the State and Central Sahitya Akademi awards in 1972-73.
About Jnanpith Award
- Jnanpith Award is a literary award presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation to Indian writers every year. This was instituted in 1961 and is given only to Indian writers who write in Indian languages and English.
- The winner is given a cash prize of Rs. 11 lakh and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning.
- The first recipient of the award was Malayalam writer G Sankara Kurup in 1965 for his novel ‘Odakkuzhal’ (The Bamboo Flute).
- The first woman writer to be awarded this award was Ashapoorna Devi, a Bengali writer, in 1976.
- The organisation which presents this award was founded in 1944 by industrialist and philanthropist Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain.