Sahitya Akademi Award

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Sahitya Akademi Award
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Award Information
Category Literature (Individual)
Description Literary award
in India
Instituted 1954
First awarded 1955
Last awarded 2014
Awarded by Sahitya Akademi, Government of India

Sahitya Akademi Award (Devnagari: साहित्य अकादमी पुरस्कार) is a literary honor in India which 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 major Indian languages recognised by the Sahitya Akademi.[1]

Established in 1954, the award comprises a plaque and a cash prize of Rs. 100,000.[2] The award's purpose is to recognize and promote excellence in Indian writing and also acknowledge new trends. The annual process of selecting awardees goes on for the preceding twelve months.

Other literary honours[edit]

Sahitya Akademi Fellowships[edit]

They form the highest honor which the Akademi confers through a system of electing Fellows and Honorary Fellows. (Sahitya Akademi Award is the second-highest literary honor next to a Sahitya Akademi Fellowship).

Bhasha Samman[edit]

Sahitya Akademi gives these special awards to writers for significant contribution to Indian languages other than the above 24 major ones and also for contribution to classical & medieval terature. Like the Sahitya Akademi Awards, Bhasha Samman too comprise a plaque and a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000.

Translation Awards[edit]

Established in 1989, Sahitya Akademi annually gives these awards for outstanding translations of major works in other languages into one of the 24 major Indian languages. The awards comprise a plaque and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000.

Anand Coomarswamy Fellowships[edit]

Named after the Indian writer Ananda Coomaraswamy, the fellowship was started in 1996. It is given to scholars from Asian countries to spend 3 to 12 months in India to pursue a literary project.

Premchand Fellowships[edit]

Named after Hindi writer Premchand, the fellowship was started in 2005. It is given to persons of eminence in the field of Culture from SAARC countries.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Akademi Awards". National Academy of Letters. Retrieved 23 december 2013. 
  2. ^ The Hindu. Article on the Awards for 2009

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