M.P. Veerendrakumar Awarded
Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman

By Wirenews

The Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman for the year 2016 was conferred to M.P. Veerendrakumar by Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations at India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

The Kusumanjali Foundation was established in 2011 to promote, support, improve, aid, recognise and award in any manner, the artistic literary and cultural activities. The foundation is established by writer Dr. Kusum Ansal and is supported by Ansal API.

The award is given on a literary work written in a language in the region and published during the last five years preceding the current year of the award. The award comprises of the prize money of Rs. 2,50,000, the citation and the award statuette.

M.P.Veerendrakumar's Danube Sakshi (Danube as Witness) is the work that has been awarded Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman 2016 in the regional language category. It is the impressions of travels through Danube-washed shores and other European countries illuminating how the history, arts and culture of Europe have been determined by the unfolding events down the centuries featuring Writers and Poets, Artists and Scholars, Popes and Emperors.

In a career spanning over six decades, M.P. Veerendrakumar, presently a member of Rajya Sabha, has been a dominating presence in the intellectual, cultural, social and political life of Kerala. Author of 21 works, the Kendra Sahitya Akademi and Kerala Sahitya Akademi awards-winner has been a distinctive voice in the sphere of non-fiction writing. He is credited with enlightening Malayalees about the GATT and WTO pacts as well as the multinational agenda on water.

Buddhante Chiri (1992) is a collection of thought-provoking essays. Ramante Dukham created publishing history going into 24 re-prints since the first impression in 1995. Amazonum Kure Vyakulathakalum has created a new genre of writing in Malayalam fusing travelogue, ecology and philosophical contemplation. Hymavathabhoovil released in 2007 has been both a sell-out, with 47 editions so far, and also critical success bagging the coveted Vayalar Award (2008), Dr. Shivaram Karanth and Balamaniamma awards (both in 2009) and Amruthakeerthi Puraskar (2011), among others. In its grand sweep from the lofty snow-capped Himalayas to the banks of the river Nila in Kerala, the work synthesises the legends and mythologies, history and geography, culture and arts, spirituality and politics and the vivid diversity of Indian civilisation.

A committed socialist, inspired by Ram Manohar Lohia, he was elected to the Kerala Assembly to the Lok Sabha, serving as a Minister both at the State and Centre. At the centre he served in the cabinets of Deva Gowda, as Minister of State for Finance and held independent charge of the Labour portfolio und I.K. Gujral. His tenure as a Minister for Labour was marked by visionary legislation in the fields of Provident Fund and Employees' State Insurance (ESI) hospitals. He also initiated path-breaking measures in the sector of child labour. A crowning movement was being chosen to preside over the International Labour Conference, held at Bangkok in 1997, under the aegis of ILO. Currently he is the President of the Kerala Unit of Janata Dal (U). He is widely travelled across all five continents.

His stewardship of Mathrubhumi, the Malayalam daily newspaper since 1979 is a lesson in corporate leadership, and is a reflection of his training in Business Administration from Cincinnati University, Ohio. From just two editions and two periodicals, the group has since evolved into one among the largest media houses in the country with 16 editions, including two overseas, 11 periodicals, Television, Online Radio and Events platforms. He served thrice the Chairperson of Press Trust of India.








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