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Sahitya Akademi Awards
The Sahitya Akademi Awards are one
of the most prestigious literary awards of India conferred by the Sahitya
Litterateurs in 24 Indian
languages, including Bani Basu in Bengali, Esther David in English, Uday
Prakash in English and Sheen Kaaf Nizam in Urdu, were honoured with 'Sahitya
Akademi Awards 2010' in New Delhi at the 'Festival of Letters.' The Bengali
writer was given the award, a casket containing an engraved copper plaque, a
shawl and a cheque of Rs 1,00,000 for her novel 'Khana Mihirer Dhipi',
while Esther David received the honour for her fiction 'Book of Rachel'.
Well-known Hindi writer and journalist Uday Prakash(60) won for his
collection of short stories 'Mohan Das'. Sixty-six-year-old Sheen Kaaf
Nizam's was honoured for his collection of poems 'Gumshuda Dair ki Gunjti'
for stylistic innovations and experimentations in the form of poetry.
Janata Dal(Secular) leader Veerendra Kumar was also among the awardees for
his travelogue "Haimavathabhuvil" in Malayalam language. The other
winners include poets Aurobindi Uzir (Bodo), Arun Sakhardande (Konkani),
Gopi Narayan Pradhan (Nepali), Vanita (Punjabi), Mangat Badal (Rajasthani),
Mithila Prasad Tripathi (Sanskrit) and Laxman Dubey (Sindhi). Manoj (Dogri)
and Nanjil Nadan (Tamil) were given the honour for their collection of short
Besides, Keshada Mahanta (Assamese), Rahmath Tarikere (Kannada), Basher
Bashir (Kashmiri) and Ashok R Kelkar (Marathi) received the award for their
books in the criticism genre. An autobiography and play writers won in Oriya
and Santhali language category respectively.
Awards in Telugu and Maithili language went to Syed Saleem for his novel 'Kaluthunna
Poolathota' and Ushakiran Khan for her fiction 'Bhamati'
The Bhasha Samman was
instituted by the Sahitya Akademi in 1996 and is given to writers, scholars,
editors, collectors, performers or translators who have made significant
contribution to the propagation, modernization or enrichment of the 24
languages recognized by the Akademi. In addition, it is also given to
scholars who have done valuable work in the field of classical and medieval
literature. The Samman carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a plaque and
A noted Punjabi scholar and a Telugu veteran have been chosen for Bhasha
Samman for 2010 by the Sahitya Akademi for their contributions in the field of
classical and medieval literature.
Punjabi scholar Gurudev Singh has been chosen for the honour from the
Northern region while Telugu researcher-critic Korlapati Sriramamurthy has
been selected from the Southern region, the Akademi said. Mr. Singh has
compiled an Encyclopaedia of Sufi Poetry and Thoughts and also the History
of Sufi Punjabi Poetry and also written books in Gurumukhi script and
translated texts from Persian and Arabic.
Bhasha Sammans have also been announced for eight scholars and writers in
languages like Avadhi, Garhwali and Kachchhi which are not recognised by the
Akademi. The writers selected for the honour are Madhav Joshi �Ashq' and
Tejpal Darshi �Tej' for Kachchhi, Vishwanath Pathak for Avadi, Ram Narayan
Sharma and Kailash Nehari Dwivedi for Bundeli, Niranjan Chakma for Chakma
language, and Sudama Prasad Premi and Prem Lal Bhatt for Garhwali.
Tagore Literature Awards 2010
were presented to eight distinguished Indians by the First Lady of the
Republic of Korea The experts were awarded for their
contributions in eight Indian languages - namely Bangla, Bodo, Hindi,
Kannada, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Telugu and Gujarati. Twenty-four Indian
languages will be covered by the end of the third year. The awards have been
instituted by the Sahitya Akademi. Those felicitated with the award include
Alok Sarkar (Bangla), Naseem Shafai (Kashmiri), Bhagwandas Patel (Gujarati),
Jaswant Singh Kanwal (Punjabi), Brajendra Kr Brahma (Bodo), Kovela
Suprasannacharya (Telugu), Rajee Seth (Hindi) and Chandrasekhar Kambar
Eminent writer, historian and
columnist Khushwant Singh was conferred the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in
2010, an honour reserved for the �immortals of literature�. Mr. Singh has
been writing a column for 60 years and has penned over 100 books. His �Train
to Pakistan� and �A History of the Sikhs� are examples of highest
achievements in fiction and historical writing.
Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships
The General Council of Sangeet Natak
Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, New Delhi at its
meeting held on 19 January 2011 elected two (2) eminent personalities in the
field of performing arts, namely Girija Devi and Nataraj Ramakrishna as
Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellows ('Akademi Ratna'). The Fellowship of the
Akademi is the most prestigious and rare honour, which is restricted to a
very limited number at a given time. Presently there are only 34 Fellows of
the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
The General Council of the Akademi also selected thirty eight (38) persons
from the fields of Music, Dance, Theatre and Puppetry for the Sangeet Natak
Akademi Awards ('Akademi Puraskar') for the year 2010.
In the field of Music, nine eminent artists, namely Chhannu Lal Mishra and
Yashpal for Hindustani Vocal Music, Budhaditya Mukherjee (Sitar) and
Nityanand Haldipur (Flute) for Hindustani Instrumental Music, Suguna
Purushothaman and Mysore Nagamani Srinath for Carnatic Vocal Music, Nagai R
Muralidharan (Violin) and Srimushnam V Raja Rao (Mridangam) for Carnatic
Instrumental Music, and M V Simhachala Sastry (Harikatha) for Other Major
Traditions of Music have been selected for the Akademi Award 2010.
In the field of Dance, nine eminent practitioners, namely Malabika Mitra (Kathak),
Kalamandalam K.G. Vasudevan (Kathakali), Phanjoubam Iboton Singh (Manipuri),
Ratna Kumar (Kuchipudi), Aruna Mohanty (Odissi), Manik Borbayan (Sattriya),
Uttara Asha Coorlawala (Creative & Experimental Dance), Kalamandalam
Painkulam Rama Chakyar (Other Major Traditions of Dance & Dance Theatre �
Kutiyattam) and S Rajeshwari (Music for Dance - Bharatanatyam) have been
selected for the Akademi Award 2010.
In the field of Theatre, eight eminent persons have been selected for
Akademi Awards 2010. They include D Vizai Bhaskar (Telugu) and Atamjeet
Singh (Punjabi) for Playwriting, Veenapani Chawla and Urmil Kumar Thapaliyal
for Direction and Dilip Prabhavalkar, Banwari Taneja, Maya Krishna Rao and
Swatilekha Sengupta for Acting.
For their contribution to Other Traditional/Folk/ Tribal Music/ Dance/
Theatre and Puppetry, ten artists have been selected for the Akademi Award.
They are Harbhajan Singh Namdhari for Gurbani Kirtan (Punjab), Nazeer Ahmed
Khan Warsi & Naseer Ahmed Khan Warsi (Joint Award) for Qawwali (Andhra
Pradesh), Dwijen Mukherjee for Rabindra Sangeet (West Bengal), T
Somasundaram for Folk Dance (Tamil Nadu), Krishna Kumari for Folk Music-
Bhakha (Jammu & Kashmir), Chanda Jagdish Tiwadi for Folk Theatre - Bharud
(Maharashtra), K Chinna Anjannamma for Tolu Bommalata � Shadow Puppetry
(Andhra Pradesh), and K V Ramakrishnan & K C Ramakrishnan (Joint Award) for
Pava Kathakali � Glove Puppetry (Kerala).
Ashok D. Ranade will receive the Akademi Award 2010 for Scholarship in
Performing Arts (Music) and Jaidev Taneja will receive the Award for Overall
Contribution to Performing Arts (Theatre).