Awards

/Awards

As a Writer…

  • The coveted KASTURI SRINIVASAN AWARD for PAALANGAL – a novel spanning three generations – as the outstanding Tamil novel published in 1983-84.
  • The prestigious DR. RAJAH SIR ANNAMALAI CHETTIAR AWARD in 1988 for the book CHINNA NOOLKANDA NAMMAI SIRAIPPADUTHUVATHU? – a series of 52 non-fiction articles emphasizing on self-improvement, parts of which are often quoted by eminent personalities in their speeches and writings.
  • BHARATIYA BASHA PARISHAD Award from a Calcutta based literary forum, for VERILLATHA MARANGAL novel – as the best Tamil novel published in 1989-90.
  • TAMIL ANNAI AWARD from Tamil University, Thanjavur in January 1989.
  • RAJIV GANDHI NATIONAL INTEGRATION AWARD, jointly constituted by the Tamil magazine Idhayam Pesugirathu and Indian Bank for taking up the project KNIT INDIA THROUGH LITERATURE.
  • The BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR 1998 award from Tiruppur Tamil Sangam for the talking book AMMA SONNA KATHAIGAL (Stories retold by mother) – a book with six stories and an audio cassette wherein Sivasankari herself has narrated the stories, the first of its kind in Tamil.
  • PREMCHAND RASTRIYA SAHITYA SAMMAN Award by Rastriya Hindi Academy, Calcutta, in October 2001.
  • NALLI – THISAI ETTUM Translation Award for her novel ‘NAAN NAANAAGA’ that was translated into Telugu, in November 2007.
  • The GOPICHAND LITERARY AWARD from YUVAKALAVAHINI of Andhra Pradesh in January 2008. She is the first writer to receive this award after the committee decided it as a National Award for writers of all Indian languages.
  • K. SWAMINATHAN MEMORIAL AWARD from KAMBAN KAZHAGAM, Chennai, in August, 2009.
  • LIFETIME PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College for Women, in March 2010.
  • POTRAAMARAI Award from Potraamarai Art & Literature Forum in July 2013.
  • ILAKKIYA CHINTHANAI Award for having enriched the Tamil language through writings, in April 2015.
  • WRITER OF 2016 AWARD from World Centre for Tamil Culture, Coimbatore in December 2016.
  • ‘BHARATHI SANGAM’, the oldest in Chennai, honoured her with ‘BHARATIYAR AWARD on 11.9.2017, which was Mahakavi Bharati’s 96th Death Anniversary day.
  • An Award for ‘CREATIVE LITERATURE’ was bestowed on her by KULOTHUNGAN TAMIL DEVELOPMENT TRUST, Chennai, on the occasion of the First Year Death Anniversary of Padmabhushan Dr. V.C. Kulandaisamy, on 10.12.2017.
  • ‘THANGA TARAGAI’ award was given by News 7 Channel in February 2018.
  • ‘PRIDE OF TAMILNADU’ award was given by Round Table India in March 2018.
  • Lifetime achievement award given by Tag Corporation in August 2019.
  • Bharathi National Award was given by Tamilnadu Government in September 2019

As an Activist…

  • FOR THE SAKE OF HONOUR AWARD by The Association of Book Printers & Sellers of South India, in December’87 – for the service rendered to society through writings.
  • RAJIV VIRUDU – award given by the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee in September’88.
  • FOR THE SAKE OF HONOUR AWARD from Rotary Club of Madras in 1989.
  • MELVIN JONES AWARD – the highest International award given by the Lions International Organization in July 1990.
  • The STREE RATNA AWARD by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra & Director K.Subrahmanyam Memorial Trust on 8.3.98, the International Women’s Day.
  • MANUSHREE – a national award by Athimabbe Foundation, Bangalore in April 1998.
  • BHARATI Award by Vanavil Cultural Centre, Chennai in December 2002.
  • NAYAGI–2005 Award by the Inner Wheel Club of Thanjavur in March 2005.
  • LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by Rotary Club of Chennai Kilpauk, R.I. Dt. 3230 in March 2006.
  • The ASTITVA Award by Zee TV & Archana Trust Suburban, Mumbai, in August’06 – for Excellence as an Author 2006.
  • WOMAN ACHIEVER AWARD from MEGA TV, in March 2010.
  • BHARATHI Award from the Cultural and Social Association THE DAWN in March 2015.
  • LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from the Tamil magazine NAM URATHA SINTHANAI in July 2016.
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from ANBU PAALAM in April 2017.

HONOURS

  • Honoured by The Madras & Coromandel Jaycees as an OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON in the field of Journalism for the year 1976.
  • Visited S.A. under International Writing Program (IWP) and International Visiting Program (IVP) in 1986.
  • Honoured by BHARAT ELECTRONICS in 1991.
  • Honoured by TELUGU ARTS ACADEMY in 1991.
  • Honoured as one of the fifty women who have influenced the evolution of independent India under the title WOMEN WHO’VE MADE INDIA by the magazine Femina in 1997, the Golden Jubilee year of Indian Independence.
  • Honoured as SINTHANAI SELVI by All Women’s Organizations of Trichy in March 1998.
  • First Tamil writer to be honoured with the prestigious HONORARY CITIZEN award by Dr. Jerry Kuhaida, the Hon. Mayor of the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. in July 1999.
  • Honoured as the WOMAN OF 1999-2000 by the International Women’s Association in March 2000.
  • Honoured as one of the four writers whose works were recorded in their own voices for the Archives of U.S. Library of Congress to mark the Bicentennial Celebration of the Library in August 2000.
  • Honoured with The ROLL OF HONOUR in October 2000 by The Mylapore Academy, for Creative Awareness to Social Issues Through Stories in TV serials for the year 1999.
  • Honoured by the All India Radio (AIR) by recording her interview in Tamil on her life & times for their Archival programme in January 2003.
  • Honoured by the Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd., Neyveli, at the Neyveli Book Fair – 2005.
  • Honoured as DESASNEHI by India Development Foundation, Bangalore, in December 2012.
  • Honoured as a ‘Senior Writer’ by the Tamil magazine KALKI on the occasion of its Platinum Jubilee in August 2015.
  • Honoured as a Resource Person during the UGC Sponsored National Semiar on Regional Indian Literature in Translation held at P.S.G.R. Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore, in February 2016. A day-long session of Seminars were held, based on her project ‘KNIT INDIA THROUGH LITERATURE’.
  • Honoured with a yearlong series of programmes under the title ‘SIGARAM THOTTA SIVASANKARI’ (Sivasankari who has scaled the peaks) – a unique and special programme, the first of its kind in India. From June 2015 to May 2016, 12 programmes were organised jointly by three organisations Uravu Churangam, Sri Krishna Sweets & Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, in honour of the creative writings of Sivasankari, wherein a senior writer or a scholar presented an analytical speech on any genre of her works.

          *  *  *  *  *