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Sahitya Akademi Award presented to 23 authors

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sahitya Akademi, the National Academy of Letters, today presented its annual awards to 23 eminent authors writing in as many Indian languages.

The recipients were awarded an engraved copper plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh on the opening day of Akademi's annual event 'Festival of Letters' here.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Chandrashekar Kambar, who was appointed the new of through election on Monday, said that the Akademi will continue to bring together "all the rich and diverse literatures, and cultures of the country here".

"The Akademi believes that is an all encompassing idea... This occasion highlights and defines for us what we see as today. Besides we also need to look at this idea of in a global context," he said.

Written in 23 languages including English, Bodo, Telugu, Hindi and Punjabi, most of the awarded books found society and social issues as the central theme.

While Nikhonj Manushta', written in Bengali, shows the crisis of people losing their land, Assamese Jayanta Madhab Bora's 'Moriahola' deals with issues of displaced people, their aspirations and conflicts.

Kambar also noted that despite the influence of "Euro- American modernism" Indian writers have continued to stay in touch with their native traditions.

"No doubt that our colonial past and access to English education, literature led to new trends in Indian literature, we adopted them to our own context and creative base. On the other hand, native trends still did not die out completely...Through popular culture, and cinema they are still connected to their earlier orality and myth," he said.

While English Mamang Dai's 'The Black Hill' talks about life in the lesser-known world of the Indo-Tibetan border of Arunachal Pradesh, Autar Krishen Rahbar's book 'Yeli Parda Woth' in Kashmiri covers various aspects of the facets of life in

The poets who were awarded are Udaya Narayana Singh (Maithili), (Marathi), (Santali), (Sanskrit) and T Devipriya (Telugu).

The writers awarded for their short stories are Shiv Mehta (Dogri), (Konkani), (Odia), and


Rita Baro (Bodo), K P Ramanunni (Malayalam), and Nachhatar (Punjabi) were awarded for their respective novels.

Ramesh Kuntal Megh (Hindi), T P Ashoka (Kannada), Urmi Ghanshyam Desai (Gujarati), Bina Hangkhim (Nepali), and Neeraj Daiya (Rajasthani) have been recognised for their literary criticism.

(Sindhi) for his essays and Rajen Toijamba (Manipuri) for his play were also awarded.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 21:25 IST
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