Kerala Sahitya Akademi

The Kerala Sahitya Akademi or Academy for Malayalam literature is an autonomous body established to promote the Malayalam language and literature. It is situated in the city of Thrissur, Kerala in India.[1]

കേരള സാഹിത്യ അക്കാദമിKerala Sahitya Akademi
TypeLiterary Organisation
HeadquartersThrissur, Kerala,
Official language
Pinarayi Vijayan
K. Satchidanandan
C.P. Aboobacker


The academy was inaugurated on 15 October 1956, by Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the former king of Travancore, in Thiruvananthapuram. It was shifted to its present location at City of Thrissur in September, 1957. Though the Kerala Government provides the funding and support for the academy, the administration of the academy is autonomous according to its constitution. The academy recognises superior literary works through its annual literary awards for Poetry, Novel, Story, Drama, Literary criticism, Biography – autobiography, Travelogue, Humour, Translation, Children's literature etc.. As of 2016 the academy is headed by Malayalam short story writer Vaisakhan, who is serving as its president, Khadija Mumtaz as its vice president, and K P Mohanan as its secretary.[2]

Kerala Sahitya Akademi AwardEdit

The Akademi instituted the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1958. It is given annually to Malayalam writers for their outstanding books of literary merit. The awards are given in various categories.


The Academy has one of the best libraries in Kerala. It is an approved doctoral research centre for the universities in Kerala. The Akademi also holds periodic book festivals to encourage reading among the masses. The Akademi has a picture gallery of writers of yester years. The Akademi regularly publishes three journals Sahithyalokam, Sahithya Chakravalam and Malayalam Literary Survey (in English). Besides the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, the Akademi awards the illustrious Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, which is named after the father of Malayalam literature Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan, yearly to prominent literary figures.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Sahitya Akademi". Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 19 July 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  2. ^ "LITERARY AND CULTURAL SOCIETIES". Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2010.

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