Thilakan in his reply speech said that he was conferred the Padmasree honour directly by the central government without any recommendations from Kerala government and he was proud of it. “My mind is my strength and it has brought me here. I acquired this energy from the affection which has contributed by my audience, I will continue in this field until it expires." KSFDC Managing Director A. Ayyappan, Thoppil Bhasi Drama Study Centre secretary Balan Thirumala also addressed the gathering.
Story first published: Monday, March 30, 2009, 14:23 [IST]