Sahitya Akademi Fellowships & Awards

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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 the 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.

Fellows receive a monthly pension, book publication grants, and invitations to literary events. However, the primary benefit is the immense prestige and recognition associated with the Fellowship.

The first Sahitya Akademi Fellowship was given in 1968 to Dr S.Radhakrishnan (1888–1975), a philosopher and former President of India.


Sri Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay (1935)
Sri Ruskin Bond (1934)
Sri Vinod Kumar Shukla (1937)
Smt. M. Leelavathy (1927)
Dr. Bhalchandra Nemade (1938)
Dr. Tejwant Singh Gill (1938)
Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya (1950)
Sri Indira Parthasarathy (1930)


Sri Jayant Mahapatra (1928)
Smt. Padma Sachdev (1940)
Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari (1940)
Prof. Nagen Saikia (1929)


Dr. Namwar Singh (1926-2019)
Dr. Gurdial Singh (1933-2016)
Sri Nirendranath Chakravarty (1924-2018)


Prof. Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa (1931)
Dr. Cingi Narayana Reddy (1931-2017)


Dr. Satya Vrat Shastri (1930)
Raghuveer Chaudhari (1938)
Arjan Hasid (1930-2019)
Dr. Sitakanta Mahapatra (1937)
Dr. M.T. Vasudevan Nair (1933)
Sri Asit Rai (1940-2019)


Dr. Bholabhai Patel (1934-2012)
Kunwar Narain (1927-2017)
Khushwant Singh (1915-2014)
Professor Kedar Nath Singh (1934-2018)
Professor Chandranath Mishra ‘Amar’ (1925-2021)

Honorary Fellows

This is the highest honour conferred by the Akademi on literary persons of outstanding merit who are not nationals of India and the number of such Fellows is limited to ten at any given time. Some of the recent Honorary Fellows include:


Sri Prafulla Mohanti (1934)


Prof. Michael J. Hutt


Mr. Velcheru Narayana Rao (1931)

Premchand Fellowship:

The first Premchand Fellowship was offered to Janab Intizar Husain eminent Urdu fiction writer and columnist from Pakistan.

The other prominent personalities who were conferred with the fellowship include: Ibrahim Waheed (2008-Maldives), Ms. Selina Hossain (2009-Bangladesh), Syed Shamsul Haq (2010-Bangladesh), Ms. Sumathy Sivamohan (2011-Sri Lanka), Prof. Yasmine Gooneratne (2012-Sri Lanka), Dr. Ram Dayal Rakesh (2013-Nepal), Ms. Jean Arasanayagam (2014-Sri Lanka), Muhammad Waheed Nadwi (2015-Maldives), Ms. Kishwar Naheed (2016-Pakistan), Santhan Ayathurai (2017-Sri Lanka) and Prof. Nirmalendu Goon (2020-Bangladesh). No Fellowship was given in the years 2022, 2019 and 2018.

Dr. Anandacoomaraswamy Fellowship:

The first Dr. Anandacoomaraswamy Fellowships were conferred in 1996 on three scholars namely, Dr. Azad N. Shamatov, Head of South Asian Languages Department, Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Tashkent, Prof. Senake Bandaranayake, Director, Post-Graduate Institute of Archeology, Colombo, Sri Lanka and Prof. Chie Nakane, a noted scholar from Japan.

The other recipients of the Fellowship include:  Dr. Asanga Tilakratne (2020-Sri Lanka), Ms. Nalina Gopal (2017-Singapore), Professor Zalmai Hewadmal (2016-Afghanistan), Professor Jiang Jingkui (2015-China), Dr. Ithamar Theodor (2014-Israel), Mohd. Issa Barhoum (2013-Jordan), Prof. (Dr.) Sophana Srichampa (2012- Thailand), Ms. Mihoko Hiraoka (2011-Japan), Dr. Suchitra Chongstitvatana (2010-Thailand), Ms. Merlie M. Alunan (2009-Philippines),  Prof. (Ms.) Do Thu Ha (2008-Vietnam), Ms. Mami Yamada (2007-Japan), Prof. Chie Nakane (did not avail) (1996- Japan), Prof. Senake Badbaranayake (1996-Sri Lanka) and Dr. Azad N. Shamatov (1996-Tashkent).

No Fellowship was given during the years 1997-2006 and in the years 2018 and 2019.


Sahitya Akademi Awards:

The Sahitya Akademi Awards are the most prestigious literary awards of India conferred by the Sahitya Akademi – India’s National Academy of Letters, to commemorate the exemplary works of literary merit published in any of the major Indian languages i.e. 24 languages of which 22 are listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, along with English and Rajasthani.

The Sahitya Akademi Award is in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and an amount of Rs. one lakh. The plaque awarded by the Sahitya Akademi was designed by the renowned film-maker Satyajit Ray. The awardees are decided by a three-member jury in all the respective languages. The awards are given during the ‘Festival of Letters’ organised by the Akademi.

Makhanlal Chaturvedi was the first hindi writer who won it in 1955 for his work “Him Tarangini” (Poetry).

Sahitya Akademi Awards 2023:

Sahitya Akademi has announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Awards in 24 languages. 9 books of poetry, 6 of novel, 5 of short stories, 3 Essays and 1 Literary Study have won the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2023.

The Awards, recommended by distinguished Jury members in 24 Indian languages, were approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi under the Chairmanship of President of Sahitya Akademi.

Following is the Category-wise List of Awardees:





Vijay Verma (Dogri), Vinod Joshi (Gujarati), Manshoor Banihali (Kashmiri), Sorokkhaibam Gambhini (Manipuri), Ashutosh Parida (Odia), Swarnjit Savi (Punjabi), Gaje Singh Rajpurohit (Rajasthani), Arun Ranjan Mishra (Sanskrit) and Vinod Asudani (Sindhi)



Swapnamay Chakrabarti (Bengali), Neelum Saran Gour (English), Sanjeev (Hindi), Krushnat Khot (Marathi), Rajasekaran (Devibharathi) (Tamil) and Sadiqua Nawab Saher (Urdu)


Short Stories

Pranavjyoti Deka (Assamese), Nandeswar Daimari (Bodo), Prakash S. Parienkar (Konkani), Taraceen Baskey (Turia Chand Baskey) (Santali) and T. Patanjali Sastry (Telugu)



Lakshmisha Tolpadi (Kannada), Basukinath Jha (Maithili) and Judhabir Rana (Nepali)


Literary Study

E.V. Ramakrishnan (Malayalam)




Bhasha Samman:

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 and 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.

Six Bhasha Sammans are given every year in two categories. Two of the Bhasha Sammans are given to writers/scholars for outstanding contribution in the field of classical and medieval literature and four are given on a rotation basis to scholars/writers for outstanding contribution to any four languages not recognized by the Sahitya Akademi.

The awardees are selected by a Jury comprising of three members constituted by the President from a panel of names recommended by the Language Development Board/Members of the Akademi.

The first Bhasha Sammans were awarded to Dharikshan Mishra for Bhojpuri, Bansi Ram Sharma and M.R. Thakur for Pahari (Himachali), K. Jathappa Rai and Mandara Keshava Bhat for Tulu and Chandra Kanta Mura Singh for Kokborok for their contribution to the development of their respective languages.

Bhasha Awards 2020:

Two Awards were given in the category of Classical & Medieval Literature to Prof. Satyendra Narayan Goswami (Eastern Region) and Dr. Mohammad Azam (Western Region).

Bala Sahitya Puraskar:

Bala Sahitya Puraskar: This award has been instituted by the Sahitya Akademi of India for authors of Children’s books. The awardees are selected by a preliminary panel consisting of ten Referees who are nominated by the President of the Akademi on the recommendations of the Language Advisory Board. Thereafter, a three-member Jury decides the final winners. The Award is in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque and carries a cheque of Rs.50,000/-.

Bala Sahitya Puraskar 2023:

Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2023 was given to Dilip Nongmaithem for his book ‘Ibemma Amasung Ngabemma (Stories) in Manipuri.

Yuva Sahitya Puraskar:

Yuva Sahitya Puraskar is instituted by the Sahitya Akademi for debutant writers in Indian languages under the age of thirty five as on 1st January of the year of the award. The awardees are selected by a three-member Jury decides the final winners. The Award is in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque and carries a cheque of Rs.50,000/-.

The 2023 Yuva Sahitya Puraskar was given to Sanskriti Mishra for his poetry collection Kahbak Achhi Hamra in Maithili.

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