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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 Akademi.

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 stories.

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' respectively.

Bhasha Awards

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 citation.

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 Awards

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 (Kannada).

Sahitya Akademi Fellowships

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).

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