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Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2018 announced

(rpting DI 20, fixing names in para three, line one and two)
New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) 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 rpt Sananta Tanti (Assamese), Paresh Narendra Kamat (Konkani), S Ramesan Nair (Malayalam), Dr Mohanjit (Punjabi), Dr Rajesh rpt Rajesh Kumar Vyas (Rajasthani), Dr Rama Kant Shukla (Sanskrit) and Khiman U Mulani (Sindhi) were adjudged winners for their collection of poetry.
Inderjeet Kesar (Dogri), Anees Salim (English), Ms 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), Prof. Bina Thakur (Maithili), Budhichandra
Heisnamba (Manipuri) and Lok Nath Upadhyay Chapagain (Nepali).
K G Nagarajappa (Kannada), Ma Su Patil (Marathi) and Prof. Dasarathi Das (Odia) have been
awarded for their works on literary criticism. Prof Sharifa Vijliwala (Gujarati) and Dr 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 today under the chairmanship of
Dr Chandrashekhar Kambar, Akademi President.
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 one lakh at a special function to be held on January 29, 2019 at New Delhi during the Festival
of Letters organised by Sahitya Akademi.
UNI SD ADG 1707/1917
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