Kerala Sahitya Akademi is an autonomous institution established
for the promotion add development of Malayalam language
and literature. Formally inaugurated by the then Raja Pramukh
late Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma Raja of Travancore
at Kanakakunu Palace, Thiruvananthapuram on 15th October,
1956, the Akademi started functioning in the Secretariat,
Thiruvananthapuram and later on was shifted to a room in
the Thrissur Museum Bungalow. In September, 1957 it was
again shifted to the present beautiful building near the
Thrissur Town Hall.
Akademi was registered according to the Tiruvitamkur Kochi
Societies Registration Act of 1955 and is functioning with
grant given by the Government of Kerala. Transformations:
(An interlude of resentment) According to the Government
order No.24/84CD of 29.6.1984 the Kerala Sahitya Akademi
was re-organised by the Government. The administration of
the Akademi was entrusted to a Managing Committee. This
action adversely affected the democratic functioning of
the Akademi and attracted resentment from eminent men of
letters and cultural activists. However the ad-hoc arrangement
continued for some time. A new constitution which is being
followed now, came into force in 1985. Now the Akademi is
a corporate entity registered under the Travancore Kochi
Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration
aims and objectives
or arrange translations of literacy works from Malayalam
to other languages and vice versa.
Publish literacy works including history of literature,
bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedia, directories
of men of letters etc.
Award prizes and give recognition and assistance to individual
Encourage cultural organisations engaged in the development
Organise or sponsor literacy conferences, seminars and symposia.
Promote and help research in the field of language and literature.
Promote cultural and literacy exchanges with other languages
Encourage propagation and study of literature among university
students and the masses.
Organise camps and study classes on literature for young
Help study tours by writers, organise cultural exchanges
among men of letters.
Promote literacy and cultural programs among agricultural
and industrial workers.
Conduct exhibitions of recognised works of great writers
in order to assist and help the publication of these books.
Confer fellowships to distinguished writers.
of the Akademi
Akademi functions under the overall control of a 35 member
General council consisting of eminent persons representing
different branches of Malayalam literature, and is assisted
by an eleven member Executive Board consisting of the President,
Vice President, District Collector as Treasurer, Secretary
of the Akademi and Secretary to Government in charge of
Cultural Department or his nominee and Six persons elected
by the General Council from among its members. Apart from
this there will be a Finance Committee, with the Treasurer
as the Chairman, a nominee of the Secretary to Government
in charge of the Culture Department , a nominee of the Secretary
to Government in charge of Finance Department, one member
of the Executive Board nominated by the Committee and one
member of the General Council nominated by the Council.
Order to carry out the day to day functioning of the different
activities of the Akademi effectively Sub Committees have
been formed each with a convener and a few members.
The various sub committees are :
. Works & Planning Committee
. Library & Research Committee
. Editorial Committee on Malayalam Literacy Survey.
. Editorial Committee on Sahitya Lokam, Sahitya Chakravalam
. Educational Committee
. Committee on Literary Meets
. Sahityakara Directory
. Sanskarika Diary& Literacy Archives
list of Presidents
Sardar K.M. Panikker
K.P. Kesava Menon
Puthezhath Raman Menon
G. Shankara Kurup
Kuttippuzha Krishna Pillai
P. Kesava Dev
P.C. Kuttikrishnan (Uroob)
Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai
S. Gupthan nair
M.T. Vasudevan Nair.
Akademi has a good reference library of rare books on different
subjects in Malayalam numbering over 100,000. It also contains
important books in English, Russian, Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil,
Telugu, Kannada, Gujarathi and Marathi languages. The Akademi
library also contains valuable acquisitions from Rama Varma
Research Institute Library, Malayalam language Improvement
Committee Library, Kalyani Krishna Menon Collections, K.
Sukumaran Library, Vilasini Collections etc. Calicut University,
Mahatma Gandhi University, Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University
etc. have approved the Akademi Library as their Research
Centres. This is a haven for scholars and literacy students
intend on research and in fact about 60,000 people use the
Library's collection of over 85,000 titles every year. The
library receives about 260 periodicals regularly. About
50 scholars can sit in the quiet and well ventilated reading
room. The Library has developed a software in Malayalam,
that will list all books in the library collection alphabetically
in Malayalam, a feast not achieved anywhere else in Kerala.
The software is now being incorporated into the Akademi
infrastructure. The library has already brought out a Grandhasuchi
(index of titles), with the help of the eminent Library
Scientist Mr. K.M. Govi. After introduction of the Malayalam
Library Software, a more accurate and updated Gradhasuchi
Akademi Multimedia Section
in 1999 Kerala Sahitya Akademi has embarked on a mission
to computerise the Akademi's various sections in a phased
manner. The Akademi now has four multimedia computer systems
equipped for the following. Scanning photos and other graphics
for typesetting and graphic artworks, and for scanning rare
manuscripts and thaliyola grandhams (ancient books written
on palm leaves with an iron scribe) and handwriting of eminent
writers in Kerala, with a view to preserving them for posterity.
The system is equipped with CD writer, for recording and
storing these manuscripts and other scanned materials.
Typesetting Akademi publications. The prestigious book 'Nammude
Sahityam, Nammude Samooham' will be typeset by using Akademi
Computer facilities. Two volumes of this book have come
The Internet Connection in the Library is open to research
scholars for web surfing and for downloading books not available
in India. They can take printout of these books or part
thereof on a deskjet printer.
the Akademi has published distinguished works from Malayalam,
English and Hindi languages. It includes the translation
of classics from India and aboard. One of the most ambitious
scheme taken up by the Akademi is the publication of two
large volumes of Comparative Indian Literature both in English
and Malayalam and this monumental works have earned great
acclamation from scholars and readers. The bibliographies
and monthly indices of publications have been prepared by
the Akademi. Seven volumes of the bibliographies which include
descriptions of books published upto 1995 have already been
published Another major publication is the Malayalam Portuguese
Dictionary prepared by Arnos Pathiry. Publication of the
books "Our Literature, Our Society' in four volumes is a
prestigious contribution of the Akademi.
Akademi has a rich book centre in which all the books published
by the Akademi along with the books published by the co-institutions
are available for sale.
Periodicals Published by the Akademi:
Malayalam Literary Survey - An English Quarterly Rs. 60
Sahitya Lokam- Malayalam Bimonthly Rs.60 (Annual Subscription)
Sahitya Chakravalam - a monthly in Malayalam Rs. 30 (Annual
Literary survey is intended to introduce Malayalam language,
literature and culture to outsiders including foreigners.
Sahitya Lokam is meant for the serious study and development
of Malayalam language and literature. Sahitya Chakravalam
contains a good deal of information on literacy events mainly
contemporary in nature, both inside and outside the country.