Vayalar Award for Manthalirile 20 Communist Varshangal

Manthalirile 20 Communist Varshangal, a novel by Benyamin, has won the 45th Vayalar Ramavarma Memorial Literary Award.

Instituted by the Vayalar Ramavarma Memorial Trust, the award commemorates the celebrated poet and lyricist.

What does Vayalar Ramavarma Memorial Literary Award carry?

It carries a purse of ₹1 lakh, a bronze statuette crafted by sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman and a citation.

In Manthalirile 20 Communist Varshangal, Benyamin, presents the inhabitants of Manthalir village, and how the heady mix of politics and religion impacts their daily struggles for existence in this essentially bucolic setting.

Who is Benyamin?

Benyamin, born Benny Daniel, hails from Kulanada, Pathanamthitta. He is a recipient of the Kerala Sahithya Akademi Award, the Crossword Book Award, the JCB Prize for Literature and the Muttathu Varkey Award.