Noted Malayalam music director Poovachal Khader has been presented the first P. Bhaskaran Master Award by the Kerala Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas during the 6th anniversary celebrations of the All Kerala Mappila Sangeetha Academy on Thursday in Kozhikode. The award carries a plaque and citation.
Music directors Joy Vincent and Suresh Sivapuram shared the first Devarajan Master award while singer Jyotsna was given the M.S. Baburaj award.
The Mahakavi Moyinkutty award went to noted Mappilappattu singer Kannur Salim (Kannur) and Feroz Babu (Malappuram), while the Monisha award, instituted in memory of late actress Monisha, was presented to Heera Nambudiri. Vellayil Aboobacker, who contributed a lot to Mappilappattu, was honoured on the occasion.