Imphal: Veteran author Prof. I. Shanmughadas has been awarded the Satyajit Ray Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to writing on cinema for the year 2022. He is the second recipient of this award, the first being Aruna Vasudev
The Award was instituted by FIPRESCI-India to commemorate Satyajit Ray’s Birth Centenary (2 May 1921-2021), as per a press note from the President, FIPRESCI-India, V. K. Joseph.
The Award is given on Satyajit Ray’s Birthday to an author to acknowledge her/his outstanding contributions to writing on cinema (books, essays, articles, discourses) in any Indian language (including English) for propagation of film culture which was Ray’s primary area of concern.
Ray started his journey in the field of cinema as a writer and performed his role as an author very seriously throughout his life by writing on cinema both in English and Bengali. His writings on cinema are no less important than his films.
Prof. I. Shanmughadas is a writer and film critic from Kerala. He received the National Film Award for Best Film Critic in 1999. Born in Ottappalam, Prof. Shanmughadas currently lives in Thrissur. After acquiring a postgraduate degree in English literature, he began his professional life as a teacher in
In the latter half of the 1970s, Shanmughadas started writing articles on cinema. He received the National Award for the best film critic in 1999. “Sanchariyude Veedu”, an exclusive book on the films of Satyajit Ray, won him the State award for the best book on cinema in 1996.
“Daivanarthakante Krodham”, his article on M.T Vasudevan Nair’s Nirmalyam, won him the State Award for the best article written on films of the year 2013. He is the recipient of Kerala Sahitya Akademi’s “Vilasini Puraskaram” for the best literary criticism for his book “Shareeram Nadhi Nakhathram” on The God of Small Things, “G.N Pillai Endowment Award” for the best academic article (2008), “Kozhikodan Award” for the best book on cinema (2012) and Film Critic’s Association’s Awards for the best book on cinema of the years 1997 and 2006 as well.