Prestigious J.C. Daniel Award for filmmaker K.P. Kumaran
Malayalam filmmaker KP Kumaran has been honoured with Kerala's highest film award, the ‘JC Daniel Award’.
- 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.