Sahitya Akademi’s Annual 'Festival of Letters' schedules during 10-15 March, 2014

Sahitya Akademi’s Annual Festival of Letters 2014 is scheduled to be held during 10-15 March, 2014. The inauguration of the Festival will be held at 10:00 hours on 10th March, 2014 at Rabindra Bhawan, 35 Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, India. The Festival will come to close by March 15, 2014. Winners of Sahitya Akademi Award 2013 in different Indian languages will be conferred in this Festival. This year Sahitya Akademi is celebrating its 60 years’ journey.

Sahitya Akademi Award 2013 was announced in December, 2013 where poets dominated by 8 books of poetry followed by four of essays, three of novels, two  each of short stories and travelogues, one each of autobiography, memoirs and play. Award for Assamese language was announced later in the month of January, 2014 conferring Sahitya Akademi Award 2013 to poet Rabindra Sarkar for his book of poems ‘Dhuliyori Bharir Sans.’ This book written by Sarkar was selected on the basis of recommendations by a three-member jury comprising Srun Sarma, Hrishikesh Goswami and Malinee Goswami in the Assamese language.

Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, founded on 12th March 1954, is the central institution for literary dialogue, publication and promotion of literature in the country. It is the only institution which undertakes promotion of literature through literary activities in twenty-four Indian languages including Indian English. The twenty-four Indian languages are - Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Sanskrit,Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

Sahitya Akademi Award Winners 2013

Rabindra Sarkar (Assamese), Subodh Sarkar (Bengali), Anil Boro (Bodo), Sita Ram Sapolia (Dogri), Temsula Ao (English), Chinu Modi (Gujarati), Mridula Garg (Hindi), C. N. Ramachandran (Kanada), Mohi-ud-Din Reshi (Kashmiri), Tukaram Rama Shet (Konkani), Sureshwar Jha (Maithili), M. N. Paloor (Malayalam), Makhonmani Mongsaba (Manipuri), Satish Kalsekar (Marathi), Manbahadur Pradhan (Nepali), Bijay Mishra (Odia), Manmohan (Punjabi), Ambika Dutt (Rajasthani), Radhakant Thakur (Sanskrit), Arjun Charan Hembram (Santali), Namdev Tarachandani (Sindhi), R. N. Joe D’Cruz (Tamil), Katyayani Vidmahe (Telugu), Javed Akhtar (Urdu).

Sahitya Akademi Award 2013 has been conferred upon Dr. Anil Kr. Boro, Professor, Gauhati University for his excellent poetic work
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