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# Santhosh Thottingal is awarded the President's Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman for 2019

Santhosh Thottingal, a software freedom activist, has been awarded the
Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman by the Hon. President of India for his
substantial contribution in the field of Malayalam language. FSF India
congratulates Santhosh for this recognition and his several years of
dedicated effort to create free software solutions for Indic
Computing.

The award, introduced in 2016, is given to the substantial
contributions to languages such as Sanskrit, Persian, Arabi, Pali and
Classical Oriya, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu, and Classical
Malayalam. This is given to young scholars in the age group of 30 to
45 years, that includes a certificate of honor, a memento and a
one-time cash prize of Rs.1 lakh.

Santhosh has been one of the most active contributors of Swathanthra
Malayalam Computing and a principal engineer in Wikipedia's language
computing department. He has developed and released several algorithms
and tools that serve computing needs in many Indian languages
including Malayalam. He heads the maintenance of around dozen popular
Malayalam fonts. Santhosh (along Kavya) designed two fonts, Chilanka
and Manjari.  He has contributed tools that serve a broad range of
language computing needs - input tools, layout tools, fonts, font
rendering, text to speech, translation, localization are just some of
them. He has also contributed and presented papers at several
international conferences.

Dr. Rajeev R. R from the e-governance and training department of
ICFOSS has also been selected for this award along with Santhosh.

We hope this award inspires Santhosh and Rajeev, budding contributors
to push boundaries of Malayalam language computing.

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Orginially published at [blog.smc.org.in][smc].

[smc]: https://blog.smc.org.in/santhosh-thottingal-wins-the-presidents-maharshi-badrayan-vyas-samman-for-2019/