First Tamil work to earn a national book award


Compiled by C. ARUNO, CLARISSA CHUNG and R. ARAVINTHAN

LOCAL Indian writer Paramasivam Maruthai’s book has become the first Tamil work to receive a national award, reported Makkal Osai. The book, Malainaatin Thavasilar Swami Satyananda, tells the story of a man who is a revered yoga teacher and spiritual guru in his native India and later in Europe.

Published in 2019 by the Baratha Kshetra Art Centre, it received the Reader’s Choice Awards as part

of the National Library of Malaysia’s Anugerah PNM 2020 book awards.The author received a certificate and a RM3,500 cash prize from National Library director-general Maizan Ismail during the ceremony held at the National Library in Kuala Lumpur.

The event was sponsored by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry and Unesco.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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