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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.

2010 Awards

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' respectively.


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.

2010 Awards

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.

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