Thrissur: The Kerala Sahitya Akademi endowments for 2009 were presented at a function here on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering, writer and social activist Sukumar Azhikode said that writers should strive to be closer to the masses.
�Pride of place
�Literature once enjoyed pride of place in every family. It should regain its status, he said.
He said that the term, �Purogamana Sahityam (progressive literature), denoted literature that dealt with the progress of the marginalised. �It does not signify the progress of literature. Ideologues such as K.E.N. Kunjahammed should understand this,� Prof. Azhikode stated. Akademi president P. Valsala presented the endowments in different categories