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Kerala novelist Punathil Kunjabdulla wins special award from Sahitya Akademy

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Punathil Kunjabdulla, a well known Malayalam novelist and short story writer, was honoured with "Sahitya Akademy Special Membership" and an "Akademy Fellowship" for his contribution to Malayalam literature. Born in Vadakara of Kozhikode district in 1940, Kunjabdulla received a Bachelor's degree from Brennen College, Thalassery.  He is a medical doctor by profession. He received his MBBS degree from Aligarh Muslim University and has been running a hospital in Vadakara. Kunjabdulla is a modernist in Malayalam literature. His novel Smarakasilakal won the Kendra Sahithya Academy Award (Malayalam) in 1980. He has also been honoured with several awards like Kerala Sahithya Academy Award 1978 and 1980 for his novels Smarakasilakal and Malamukalile Abdulla respectively, Muttathu Varkey Award (1999) and Vishwadeepam Award for Marunnu. (T. Riyas Babu)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2010 on page no. 17

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