Dr M Leelavathy
Teacher, literary critic and writer
Dr. M Leelavathy is a teacher, literary critic and writer from Kerala. She has won the Padma Shri Award. She has won many awards such as the Odakuzhal Award(1978) and Kerala Sahithya Akademi Award(1980) for Varnaraji, Kendra Sahithya Akademi Award(1986) for Kavithadhwani, Lalithambika Antarjanam Award (1999), Vallathol Award (2002), Basheer Award (2005),Guptan Nair Memorial Award (2007), Vayalar Ramavarma Award(2007) for Appuvinte Anweshanam, and FACT MKK Nayar Award (2009). In an inaugural address to the Albertian College of Engineering she said that a human life will become complete and meaningful only once he/she understands good poetries, stories and classic novels. She also said that reading habits should not be syllabus-centric but value-centric.