Recently, the Sahitya Akademi announced its prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards 2021, Yuva Puraskar as well as Bal Sahitya Puraskar in various languages.
About Sahitya Akademi Award 2021
- The award was announced for literary works in 20 languages.
- This year, seven books of poetry, two novels, five short stories, two plays, one biography and autobiography, a book on criticism, and a poem were chosen for the award.
- Awards in Gujarati, Maithili, Manipuri, and Urdu languages will be announced at a later date.
- The awardees will receive a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000.
Winners of Sahitya Akademi Award 2021
- Tamil feminist writer Ambai, Kannada biographer DS Nagabhushan, Telugu poet Goreti Venkanna, and English author Namita Gokhale
- Mwdai Gahai (Bodo), Sanjiv Verenkar (Konkani), Hrushikesh Mallick (Odia), Meethesh Nirmohi (Rajasthani), Vindeshwariprasad Nishr (Sanskrit), Arjun Chawla (Sindhi), Raj Rahi (Dogri), Kiran Gurav (Marathi), Khalid Hussain (Punjabi), Niranjan Hansda (Santali), Anuradha Sarma Pujari (Assamese), George Onakkoor (Malayalam), Bratya Basu (Bengali), Daya Prakash Sinha (Hindi), Wali Muhammad Aseer Kishtwari (Kashmiri), Chhabilal Upadhyaya (Nepali)
The Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2021
- Megha Majumdar won the Yuva Puraskar for her debut novel A Burning and Himanshu Vajpai won it for his collection of short stories titled Kissa Kissa Lucknowa — Lucknow Ke Awami Kisse, the Sahitya Akademi said in a statement.
- The Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2021 will be given for nine books of poetry, five novels, six short stories and one each of essays and play, it said.
The winners of the Yuva Puraskar for poetry collection are Gourob Chakraborty (Bengali), Gautom Daimary (Bodo), Arun Akash Dev (Dogri), H Lakshmi Narayan Swamy (Kannada), Shraddha Garad (Konkani), Lenin Khumancha (Manipuri), Amit Mishra (Maithili), Thagulla Gopal (Telugu) and Umar Farhat (Urdu).
- Drashti Soni (Gujarati), Mobin Mohan (Malayalam), Pranav Sakhadeo (Marathi) and Kuna Hansdah (Santali) are among the winners for novels.
- Other winners are Abhijit Bora (Assamese), Razi Tahir Bhagat (Kashmiri), Mahesh Dahal (Nepali), Swetapadma Satapathy (Sanskrit), Rakesh Shewani (Sindhi), Veerdavinder Singh (Punjabi) and Debabrata Das (Odia).
- The Yuva Puraskar for Tamil will be declared at a later date, and there will be no award in Rajasthani this year.
Winners of Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2021
- Anita Vachharajani has been named as the recipient of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2021 for the biography “Amrita Sher-Gil: Rebel with a Paintbrush”. Hindi writer Devendra Mewari won the award for his play titled “Natak Natak me Vigyan”.
- Anmol Jha (Maithili), Sudarshan Ambatey (Nepali), Digaraj Brahma (Odia), Sova Hansda (Santali), Kishin Khubchandani ‘Ranjayal’ (Sindhi) and Kausar Siddiqui (Urdu) were named winners of poetry.
- The other recipients of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2021 are Mrinal Chandra Kalita (Assamese), Sunirmal Chakraborty (Bengali), Ratneswar Narzary (Bodo), Narsingh Dev Jamwal (Dogri), Basu Bevinagida (Kannada), Majeed Majazi (Kashmiri), Sumedha Kamat Desai (Konkani), Raghunath Paleri (Malayalam), Ningombam Jadumani Singh (Manipuri), Sanjay Wagh (Marathi), Kirti Sharma (Rajasthani), Asha Agarwal (Sanskrit), Mu. Murugesh (Tamil) and Devaraju Maharaju (Telugu).
- There are no awards in Gujarati and Punjabi this year.
- The recipients of both the awards will be given a casket containing an engraved copper plaque and a cheque of Rs 50,000 at a special function to be held at a later date.
Back to Basics
- The Sahitya Akademi Award is a literary honour in India, which the Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, annually confers on writers of the most outstanding books of literary merit published in any of the 24 major Indian languages such as Tamil, English, Bengali, Punjabi and the 22 listed languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution recognised by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
- The plaque awarded by the Sahitya Akademi was designed by the Indian film-maker Satyajit Ray.
- During the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965, the plaque was substituted with national savings bonds.
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