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The Sahitya Akademi Awards are one
of the most prestigious literary awards of India conferred by the Sahitya
Akademi of India.
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 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'
SAHITYA AKADEMI FELLOWSHIPS
The Sahitya Akademi grants three types of fellowships: Sahitya Akademi
Honorary Fellowship, Anand Fellowship and Premchand Fellowship. The ‘Sahitya
Akademi Honorary Fellowship’ is the highest honour conferred by the Akademi
on a writer and is reserved for ‘the immortals of literature’ and limited to
21 only at any given time. The ‘Anand Fellowship’ was instituted in 1996 in
memory of the great scholar Dr. Ananda Coomaraswamy and is offered to
scholars from Asian countries to pursue literary projects of their choice.
The ‘Premchand Fellowship’ was instituted during his 125th Birth Anniversary
of Munshi Premchand in 2005 and is given to scholars doing research on
Indian literature or to creative writers from the countries of the SAARC
region other than India.
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