M P Veerendra Kumar presented Moortidevi award
- Eminent Malayalam author and journalist M P Veerendra Kumar was today presented the 30th Moortidevi award by Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation.
- Kumar was chosen for the prestigious award for his Malayalam travelogue Hymavathabhoovil, which dwells upon ancient trails of;
1. Indian culture,
3. literature and people strewn in the plains, valleys and
4. mountains of India.
- The book also highlights environmental concerns over "fragile mountain ecosystem" and calls for action over lack of water resources and waste disposal systems.
- Kumar, who earlier won the Sahitya Akademi award for the same book, is also the Kerala state unit President of Janata Dal (United).
- Kumar is Chairman and Managing Director of the Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi and a Rajya Sabha MP.
- He has served thrice as the chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI) and is currently a director in the news agency.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the 30th Moortidevi award by Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation?
- Malayalam author and journalist M P Veerendra Kumar.