Awards of Kerala Government

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Kerala Awards
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Kerala Awards are state-level civilian awards instituted by the Government of Kerala, India on the model of the Padma Awards instituted by the Government of India. Established in 2021, the awards are conferred on individuals who have made “priceless contribution to the society”.
 
The award categories are:
 

Kerala Jyothi :

This is the highest award and is conferred only on one person. The recipient of the Kerala Jyothi 2023 was T. Padmanabhan (writer) while for the year 2022 it was M. T. Vasudevan Nair (literature).

 

Kerala Prabha:

This is the second highest award and is conferred on three individuals.  The recipients of Kerala Prabha are as follows:
 

2023:

Justice (Retired) M. Fathima Beevi
Nataraja Krishnamurthy (Soorya Krishnamoorthy)

 

2022:

 
Mammootty (arts), Malayalam actor
Omchery N. N. Pillai (arts, drama, social service, public service), Malayalam playwright
T. Madhava Menon (civil service, social service), former civil servant and social worker
 

Kerala Sree:

This is the third highest award and is conferred on six persons.The recipients of Kerala Sree are as follows:
 

2023:

Punalur Somarajan (social service)
V. P. Gangadharan (health)
Ravi D. C. (industry and commerce)
K. M. Chandrasekhar (civil service)
Pandit Ramesh Narayan (art, music)

 

2022:

Gopinath Muthukad (social service, arts), magician
Kanayi Kunhiraman (arts), sculptor
Kochouseph Chittilappilly (social service, industry), industrialist
M. P. Parameswaran (science, social service), scientist
Sathyabhama Das Biju (science), amphibian biologist
Vaikom Vijayalakshmi (arts), singer


S.L.Puram Sadanandan Memorial Award
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The S.L.Puram Sadanandan Memorial Award is an annual recognition presented by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi (Kerala Arts Academy) to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding contributions to the field of Malayalam theatre. The award was instituted in 2007 in memory of S.L.Puram Sadanandan, a renowned playwright, director, and theatre personality from Kerala.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, citation and a plaque.

Some of the previous recipients of the award include:

2007 – K.T. Muhammad
2008 – Nilambur Ayesha
2009 – Papukutty Bhagavathar
2010 – Kavalam Narayanapanicker
2011 – M.S. Warrior
2012 – T.K. John
2017 – Vijayakumari
2020 – Ibrahim Vengara
2021 – KM Dharman and V. Vikraman Nair

 


Swathi Sangeetha Puraskaram (Swathi Music Award)

The Swathi Sangeetha Puraskaram, also known as the Swathi Music Award, is a prestigious recognition presented annually by the Department of Culture, Kerala government.  It was instituted in 1997 to honour the legacy of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, a renowned composer and musician who ruled the Travancore kingdom.  The award is given for exceptional contributions to Carnatic music.
 
The Swathi Sangeetha Puraskaram comprises a purse of ₹2 lakh, plaque, and citation.
 

The first recipient of the Swathi Music Award was Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer (1997). The other recipients of this award include: Ustad Bismillah Khan (1998), D. K. Pattammal (1999), K. V. Narayanaswamy (2000), T. N. Krishnan (2002), Bhimsen Joshi (2003), Sankaran Embranthiri (2004), Mavelikkara Prabhakara Varma (2006), Neyyattinkara Vasudevan (2007), Pandit Jasraj (2008), R. K. Srikantan (2009), K. J. Yesudas (2010), M. Balamuralikrishna (2012), V. Dakshinamoorthy (2013), Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (2014), Trichur V. Ramachandran (2015), Mangad K. Natesan (2016), L. Subramaniam (2017), Pala C. K. Ramachandran (2018), T. M. Krishna (2019) and K. Omanakutty (2020).

 
 

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