I have the honour to present to you Shri C.I. Parameswaran Pillai, who is the recipient of the Akademi Award for Malayalam Stage Acting for the year 1959. Shri C.I. Parameswaran Pillai was born at Alwaye in February 1898. From his school days he had shown an aptitude for acting on the stage. This was cultivated and developed during his college career when he used to take an active part in many amateur theatricals. He began his stage career by taking part in English plays and later on he took to the Malaya- lam stage. It did not take him long to make his mark as one of the most outstanding and versatile artists on the amateur stage of Kerala. The main feature of his acting is his ability to handle any role with remarkable ease, poise and naturalness. He is a pioneer in the development of the amateur stage in Kerala. For his pre-eminence in Malayalam Stage Acting and for his life-long devotion and service to its cause, I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant him recognition as Malayalam Stage-Actor of the Year, and award him a shawl, a lotus-embossed leaf in gold and a Sanad in token of that recognition.