New Delhi: Tamil writer A A Manavalan has been chosen for the 'Saraswati Samman' 2011 for his book on Ramayana, the K K Birla Foundation announced on Thursday. Manavalan, 75, a retired professor and head of the department of Tamil in Madras University, will be bestowed with the prestigious award for his 2005 work 'Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalum' (Ramakatha and Ramayanas).
The award-winning book is a comparative study of 48 Ramayanas in the languages of Pali, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Tibetan, Tamil, Old Javenese, Japanese, Telugu, Assamese, Thai and Kashmiri.
The Saraswati Samman carries award money of Rs 7.5 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
04:38 PM, Mar 22, 2012