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Prestigious J.C. Daniel Award for filmmaker K.P. Kumaran

  • Published
    22nd Jul, 2022


Malayalam filmmaker KP Kumaran has been honoured with Kerala's highest film award, the ‘JC Daniel Award’.

Key Points

  • The  JC. Daniel Award is Kerala's highest award in Malayalam cinema.
  • The Government of Kerala created the award to commemorate the contribution of Indian filmmaker J. C. Daniel, who is often regarded as the "father of Malayalam cinema".
  • It is presented annually by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, a non-profit institution under the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Government of Kerala, India.
  • Recipients are selected by an independent jury established by the Academy and the Department of Cultural Affairs.
  • As of 2019, the honourees receive a statuette, a citation, and a cash prize of 500,000.
  • They are honoured at the Kerala State Film Awards ceremony.
  • The award was first presented to film distributor and producer  E. Vasudevan in 1992. 


  • Kumaran won the award for his contribution to the Malayalam film industry.
  • He is a philosopher, poet, social reformer and an industrialist.
  • The award comprises of a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a citation, and a plaque.
  • The filmmaker made his directorial debut with Athithi in 1975.
  • He earned fame for his films like Rugmini, which won the National Award for Best feature film in Malayalam and the Kerala State Film Award in
  • He is also known for films like Thenthulli, Laxmivijayam and Thottam.


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