Dr. V. Prakash will be one of the recipients of Government of India's distinguished Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil in the Young Scholar Award" category for the year 2015-2016. Dr. Prakash is a post-doctoral scholar at Institut francais de Pondichery (IFP), where he is currently in the Contemporary Tamil Culture program. He will receive the award in New Delhi soon.
Dr. V Prakash received his doctorate from Madras University in 2012. His dissertation focuses on the methodological challenges of constructing a critical edition of Purananuru (an anthology of war poems from the classical Tamil corpus, 3 BCE - 3CE). He joined the contemporary Tamil culture research program as a post-doctoral fellow at the IFP to continue his research on classical Tamil literature through contemporary multi-disciplinary approaches. At present he is working on the phenomenon of hunger and famine as depicted by classical and contemporary Tamil literature in collaboration with Kannan M. (IFP) and Srilata Raman (Toronto University) as well as on the concept of the anthropocene as evidenced by classical Tamil literature. His publications include several articles (in English and Tamil) and two books (in Tamil), one on textual criticism (2015) and one on the concept of tinai (landscape) in classical Tamil literature (2016). He is a native of Pudukkottai district in Tamil Nadu, and completed his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.