The 2016 Sahitya Akademi awards have been announced – and among the winners are Mumbai’s Jerry Pinto, Tamil writer Vannadhasan, and Hindi writer Nasira Sharma.
Pinto’s Em and the Big Hoom, Sharma’s Paarijat and Vannadhasan’s Oru Sru were deemed winners among 24 names as declared by the Akademi’s executive board.
In a statement, they said that among the winners were eight books of poetry, seven books of short stories, five novels, two on criticism, one of the essays and one play. The books were chosen by a jury of three formed on the basis of languages concerned. The languages are 24 in number.
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Each winner will be felicitated with a casket in which a cheque of Rs 1 lakh, a shawl and an engraved copper plaque (designed by film-maker Satyajit Ray) would be placed. The “Festival of Letters” would take place at a once-a-year event held on February 22, next year at New Delhi.
The awards relate to the books published in the time period between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2014.
The Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters) is an Autonomous Organisation of the Government of India, Ministry of Culture. They annually recognise exceptional writing by writers published in any major Indian dialect.
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