This years Vallathol Award has been awarded to Vishnu Naryan Namboothiri,
Vishnunarayanan was born in Seeravally Illam in Thiruvalla. He acquired a Master’s degree in English. He was an English teacher at colleges in Kozhikode, Kollam, Pattambi, Ernakulam, Tripunithura, Chittoor and Thiruvananthapuram and also worked in the State Institute of Languages.
Vishnu Naryanan Namboodiri, one of the most famous poets of contemporary Malayalam literature, celebrated his 70th Birthday (Saptati)on 02 Jun this year. Nothing else could be a more appropriate ‘Saptati Pranamam’ to the author of ‘Pranayageethangal’ and a host of other verses who owns a cliché as a ’Poet with a Difference and A friend of Controversies’, whom the Malayalam literature adores so dearly, other than this article on his life and vision.
Other Awards recieved
* Sahitya Akademi National Award, 1994
* Kerala Academy Award
* Odakkuzhal Award
* Changampuzha Award
* Ulloor Prize
* Asan Prize
* C.V. Kunhiraman literary prize