Sahitya Akademi formed in the year 1954 is involved in the promotion of literature in India. Its headquarters is situated in New Delhi. It must be noted this organization recognises talents in field of literature and awards them. This year Cyrus Mistry and Ramdarash Mishra bagged the coveted Sahitya Akademi awards. According to a press statement it is said that six short stories, six poetries, four novels, two books of essays, plays and memoirs have won the awards for this year.
It must be noted that the awards were approved by the executive board of the Akademi after they are recommended by the members of 23 languages in India. Many renowned poets were awarded this year by this organization. They included Brajendra Kumar Brahma (Bodo), Dhian Singh (Dogri), Ramdarash Mishra for Hindi, Tirumalesh for Kannada, Kshetri Rajan for Manipuri and Ram Shankar Awasthi (Saskrit). In the short story department awards were given to Kula Saikia for Assamese, Man Mohan Jha (Maithili), Gupta Pradhan(Nepali), Bibuthi Pattnaik (Odia), Volga for Teluguand Maya Rahi (Sindhi). It must be noted that novelists like Cyrus Mistry for English, Jaswinder Singh for Punjabi and Madhu Acharya for Rajasthani received this award. For their notable contribution in essays in Tamil and Gujarathi A.Madhavan and Rasik Shah were awarded respectively . For plays category Uday Bhembre(Konkani) and Rabilala Tudu(Santali) got honoured.
For their notable contribution in the books on criticism Bashir Bhadarwahi(Kashmiri) and Shamim TariqUrdu) were honoured by the Akademi. The Akademi also recognized the contribution made from Arun Kopkar for his book of memoirs. Great way to go!! We Indians feel proud of you sirs!!
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