Recognising the hidden talent

The Sahitya Akademi recently announced two Bhasha Sammans to the writers and scholars for their contribution in the filed of classical and medieval literature.

The Sahitya Akademi has selected Dr Gurudev Singh and Prof Korlapati Sriramamurthy for the Bhasha Samman for 2009 in the field of Classical and Medieval Literature.
This was stated by Mr Sunil Gangopadhyay the president of Sahitya Akademi at the formal press conference recently held at Kala Academy, Panaji.
The selection of these two winners was made on the basis of the recommendations of three-member jury of scholars and writers constituted separately for the northern and southern regions who unanimously selected the these writers.
Dr Gurudev Singh in recognition of his significant contribution to classical and Medieval Literature (Northern), he is a noted scholar in Punjabi, devoted researcher and a prolific writer in creative field and has also compiled Encyclopedia of Sufi poetry and thoughts and History of Sufi Punjabi poetry.
Prof Korlapati Sriramamurthy is selected for his contribution in Classical and Medieval Literature (southern). He is a noted Telugu scholar, researcher and critic. His comprehensive writings on Srinadha’s Kavyas and Nadha Sampradaya in Telugu literature are unique. Apart from research works and criticism two collections of poetry in classical metre and a historical drama in classical form are to his credit.
Along with these announcements Mr Gangopadhyay also mentioned about Bhasha Sammans to eight scholars and writers of languages, which are not recognized. Thus, these awards are in recognition of their contribution to their respective languages.
The Sahitya Akademi has selected the following eight writers/scholars for the Bhasha Sammans in the unrecognized languages as mentioned below:
Kachchhi
Mr Madhav Joshi ‘Ashq’ and Mr Tejpal Darshi ‘Te’ have jointly received Bhasha Samman for their total contribution to the promotion of Kachchhi language and literature.
Avadhi: Mr Vishwanath Pathak has been selected for Bhasha Samman for his valuable contribution to the enrichment of Avadhi language and literature.
Garhwali: Mr Sudama Prasad Premi and Mr Prem Lal Bhatt have jointly received Bhasha Samman for their valuable contribution to the development of Garhwali language and literature.
Bundeli: Dr Ram Narayan Sharma and Dr Kailash Behari Dwivedi have jointly received Bhasha Samman for their valuable contribution to the development of Bundeli language and literature.
Chakma: Mr Niranjan Chakma has been selected for Bhasha Samman for his valuable contribution to the enrichment of Chakma language and literature.
Each of the Bhasha Samman carries a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000, an inscribed copper plaque and citation. In case of joint winner the Samman money will be equally shared by both the winners. The Samman will be presented to them by the President of the Sahitya Akademi at a special function to be held later.