K R Meera to receive Muttathu Varkey award from Sreekumaran Thampi the much popular lyricist, director, producer, and screenwriter in Malayalam cinema in an event to be held at DC Books Auditorium at 5.15 pm on 28th May. Acclaimed author KR Meera was chosen for the 27th Muttathu Varkey award for her Malayalam novel ‘Aarachar‘. The award organized by Muttathu Varkey Foundation Trust carries a purse of Rs 50,000, a memento and citation. Sreekumaran Thampi serves as the General Convener of Muttathu Varkey Foundation. Muttathu Varkey, who passed away in 1989 was an exponent of a genre of sentiment-filled romantic fiction in Malayalam literature.
Dr.James Manimala will preside over the event. Dr.B Iqbal will commemorate Muttathu Varkey. The second edition of ‘Oru Vyazhavattathinappuram’ written by Anna Muttathu will be released at the event by Dr.P R Sona by presenting it to Lilly Tomy.
The novel Aarachar had received the 2013 Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. It was also awarded the prestigious Odakkuzhal Award in 2013, Vayalar Award in 2014 and Sahitya Akademi Award in 2015.
Set in Bengal, Aarachar portrays the story of a family of executioners with a long lineage, beginning in the fourth century BC. The protagonist of the novel, Chetna, is a strong and tenacious woman who struggles to inherit this profession.