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Kerala-based media and publishing group Mathrubhumi announced a new literary award to “honour and celebrate Indian literature”.

New Delhi:19/10/19: In good news for Indian writers, Kerala-based media and publishing group Mathrubhumi announced on Thursday the institution of a new literary award to “honour and celebrate Indian literature”.

The “Book of the Year” award that carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a memento, aims to recognise and encourage works by Indian writers in English, as well as regional literature translated into English

“The Mathrubhumi ‘Book of the Year’ award is a commitment from Mathrubhumi to honour the best in Indian literature every year. We are inspired to honour and celebrate brilliant works, and encourage the publishers to look for the best writing by Indian authors,” said MV Shreyams Kumar, Joint Managing Director of Mathrubhumi.

Kumar added the entries will be judged by a three-member jury including politician author Shashi Tharoor, renowned Kannada writer Chandrasekhara Kambar, and one other member, who is yet to be finalised. According to Kambar, the award must be given to a “classic Indian literary work of our times”.

“I call it a classic not because it is written in some ancient times, but because it is a contemporary work that best depicts our lives today. I call it a classic not only because of its excellent literary merit, but also the manner in which it represents the diversity, the multiplicity and the rich heterogeneity of our Indian culture.

“It is the best Indian work because it is rooted in the native and indigenous sensibilities even as it responds to the global context of our existence today, the president of the Kendra Sahitya Akademi, said.

The winning author will be announced at the third edition of the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters (MBIFL), which will be themed “Shrinking Spaces: Transcending Letters”, and will celebrate the “liberating scope of human imagination and encourage our innate spark of artistic, cultural and creative potential”. It will be held from January 30 – February 2, 2020.

“With its first two editions itself, MBIFL has created its own space on the map of cultural festivals in India. As we move on to our third edition, we look for more associations to add value to the festival in terms of workshops and master classes so that we will be able to contribute to the literary as well as creative landscape of the state,” said Sabin Iqbal, festival director.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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