Internationally acclaimed artist MF Hussain has been selected for Kerala government's prestigious Raja Ravi Varma award for his outstanding contributions in the field of art.
Announcing this year's award, Education and Culture Minister MA Baby said the award comprising Rs 1.25 lakh in cash prize, a citiation and a plaque would be presented to Hussain on his birthday on September 17.
Baby informed Hussain over telephone about Kerala government's award from the venue of the press conference. Hussain expressed happiness over getting the award instituted in the name of the great artist Raja Ravi Varma, Baby told reporters.
The jury was chaired by well-known artist Vivan Sundram. The other members were Ajayakumar, CN Karunakaran and Razia Soni.