Ramachandra Nayak, Chandrasekhar Hota From Odisha Win Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award 2020

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New Delhi: Ramachandra Nayak and Chandrasekhar Hota from Odisha have won Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award 2020, the organisation announced on Friday.

Ram Chandra Nayak  will be conferred with Bal Sahitya Purskhar 2020 for his “Bana Deulare Suna Neula” stories.

Chandrasekhar Hota will be conferred with the Yuva Puraskar-2020 by Sahitya Akademi this time for his essays “Chetanara Anwesana”.

Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Yuva Puraskar for the year 2020 in 18 languages today. Ten books of poetry, three of short stories, two of Essays, one of Memoir, One of Criticism and one travelogue have won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2020.

The Awards were recommended by distinguished Jury members representing 18 Indian languages and approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi which met today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar, President, Sahitya Akademi.

Those who have won the Awards for their collection of poetry include Dwijen Das (Assamese), Newton K. Basumatary (Bodo), Ganga Sharma (Dogri), Muzaffar Ahmad Parray (Kashmiri), Ramehswar Sharongbam (Manipuri), Deepak Kumar Dhalewan (Punjabi), Anjali Kisku (Santali) , Rishiraj Pathak (Sanskrit), Shakti (Tamil) and Saquib Faridi(Urdu).

Those who have won the Awards for their collection of short stories include K. S. Mahadevaswamy (Kannada), Sonu Kumar Jha (Maithili) and Manasa Yendluri (Telugu).

Those who have won the Awards for their collection of Essays include Chandrasekhar Hota (Odia) and Anjan Baskota (Nepali).

The one who has won the Award for Memoir is Yashica Dutt (English)

The one who has won the Award for Criticism is Ankit Narwal (Hindi).

The one who has won the Award for Travelogue is Sampada Shenvi Kunkoliekar (Konkani).

The Award for Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Rajasthani and Sindhi language will be declared at a later date shortly.

According to the procedure, the Executive Board declared the Awards on the basis of unanimous or selection on the basis of majority vote made by the Jury. The Award relates to books published by an author of the age of 35 and below as on 1st January of the year of the award.

The Award in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque and a cheque of Rs.50,000/- will be presented to the awardees at a special function to be held at a later date.

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