Veerendra Kumar to be conferred with Moorthidevi award tomorrow

Friday, Mar 3, 2017,19:03 IST By anju A A A

Kozhikode | Eminent writer and journalist M P Veerendra Kumar will be presented the 30th Moorthidevi award for his acclaimed travelogue “Hymavathabhoovil” here tomorrow.

The award, comprising a purse of Rs 4 lakh, a statue of Goddess Saraswati and a citation plaque, will be bestowed on Kumar, the state JD(U) chief, by Gnanpith Laureate M T Vasudevan Nair at a function.

A prolific writer and an eminent entrepreneur, Kumar is chairman and managing director of the Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi and a Rajya Sabha MP.

He has served thrice as the chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI) and is currently a director in the news agency.

Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan will be the  guest of honour at the function and the special guest will be C Radhakrishnan.

Bharathiya Jnanpith chief Leeladhar Mandloi told a press conference here today that the award is given annually for books written in all Indian languages besides English pertaining to Indian philosophy.

“It is presented for a contemplative and perceptive work which expresses, underlines and illumines human values rooted in the broad vision of Indian philosophy and cultural heritage,” he said.

Born on July 22, 1936 in Kalpetta in Wayanad district, Kumar has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Vivekananda College in Chennai and an MBA from Cincinnati University in Ohio, USA.

Author of 21 works in Malayalam, he has been conferred with nearly 100 awards, including Kendra and Kerala Sahitya Akademi awards, Fellowship by Kerala Sahitya Akademi and Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman.

He also held prestigious positions in various institutions.

Kumar is a former president of Indian Newspaper Society, International Press Institute Member, Commonwealth Press Union Member and World Association of Newspapers Executive Committee Member.

He is currently a trustee of Press Institute of India “Hymavathabhoovil” written in Malayalam, unravels the  ancient trails of Indian culture, myth, literature and people  strewn in the plains, valleys and mountains of India, Mandloi  said.

The translated versions of the book as “Velli Panimalayin Meethu” in Tamil, “Vaadiyan Bulaati Hein Himalay Ki” in Hindi, and in English will be brought out shortly, he added.

The journey from Indraprastha to the Land of Gods – The  Himalayas, and exploration of myths and legends of the land  and people has found its place in the book, Mandloi said.

It further echoes the environmental concern for the  fragile mountain ecosystem, urging an early solution for  availability of water and waste disposal.

The book is a quest to unravel the great mysteries of  the Land of the Gods, he said.