Noted Malayalam writer R.V.M. Divakaran's 'Kadhayum Thirakkadhayum' (Story and Screenplay), a book on filmmaking, won the first Kozhikodan Memorial Award instituted by the Kozhikodan Smaraka Samithi, a cultural forum, in memory of late film critic Appukkuttan Nair alias Kozhikodan.
The award, which is given to the best book on cinema in Malayalam, comprises a purse of Rs. 10,000, sculpture and citation. Literary gaint M.T. Vasudevan Nair will present the award to the winner on the second death anniversary of Kozhikodan at Town Hall, Kozhikode on January 20.
Kozhikodan, winner of Kerala Sahitya Academy Award (2002) and Film Critics' Award in recognition of his contributions to cinema, died of old-age related illness at age 81 in 2007 (January 20). He began writing on films from the early 1950's and belongs to the first generation of film critics in Malayalam. He wrote many books, including 'Chalachithra Sallapam', 'Chalachithra Jalakam', 'Satyan Enna Nadan', 'Chalachitra Aswadanam Engine?' and 'Malayalam Cinema - Ente Premabhajanam'.