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Konkani poet Paresh Kamat bags Sahitya Akademi award

NEW DELHI: The prestigious annual Sahitya Akademi awards for litterateurs were announced here on Wednesday.

Seven books of poetry, six of short stories, three of literary criticism and two of essays have won the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2018.

Sananta Tanti (Assamese), Paresh Narendra Kamat (Konkani), S Ramesan Nair (Malayalam), Dr Mohanjit (Punjabi), Dr Rajesh Kumar Vyas (Rajasthani), Rama Kant Shukla (Sanskrit) and Khiman U Mulani (Sindhi) were adjudged winners for their collection of poetry.

Inderjeet Kesar (Dogri), Anees Salim (English), Chitra Mudgal (Hindi), Shyam Besra (Santali), S Ramakrishnan (Tamil) and Rahman Abbas (Urdu) will receive the award in the category of novels.

Award winners in the category of short stories were Sanjib Chattopadhyay (Bengali), Rituraj Basumatary (Bodo), Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq (Kashmiri), Bina Thakur (Maithili), Budhichandra Heisnamba (Manipuri) and Lok Nath Upadhyay Chapagain (Nepali).

K G Nagarajappa (Kannada), Ma Su Patil (Marathi) and Dasarathi Das (Odia) have been chosen for awards for their works on literary criticism.

Sharifa Vijliwala (Gujarati) and Kolakaluri Enoch (Telugu) have been awarded for their essays.

The awards were recommended by distinguished jury members representing 24 Indian languages and approved by the executive board of the Akademi, which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Akademi president Chandrashekhar Kambar.

The books were selected on the basis of recommendations made by a three-member jury in the concerned languages.

The executive board declared the awards on the basis of unanimous selections made by the jurors or on the basis of majority vote.

The awards relate to books first published during the five years immediately preceding the year of award (that is between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2016).

The authors will receive a casket containing an engraved copper plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh at a special function to be held on January 29, 2019 at New Delhi during the Festival of Letters organised by the Sahitya Akademi.






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