The award includes a cash prize of Rs. One lakh, citation and a plaque designed by artist B.D. Dathan. Soorya Krishna murthy is the founder and director of the Soorya stage and film society. He is the 18th winner of this award. Earlier winners include Vaikom Mohammed Basheer, P. Bhaskaran, K.J. Yesudas, Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair and Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
Urvasi Sarada, Sreekumaran Thampi, Poovachal Khader, Najib Ali Sayhani, Panthalam Sudhakaran, Prem Nazir's son Shanavas, Rafeeque Younis, Taj Basheer and Chembazhanthi Basheer spoke at the occasion.