Noted Malayalam poet Akkitham was conferred with the 55th Jnanpith award for his outstanding contribution to the Malayalam literature.
He has bagged the award at the age of 93. Akkitham, a native of Palakkad has penned over 43 works in Malayalam.
The award includes a cash prize of Rs 11 lakh and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati.
Akkitham is the sixth Malayali writer to won the highest literary award in India. Poet G Sankara Kurup was the first Malayalam writer who won the award. Thakazhi, SK Pottekatt, M.T Vasudevan Nair and O.N.V Kurup are the other Malayalam writers who bagged the award.
Akkitham has been honoured by the nation by giving Padma Shri in 2017.