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Sahitya Akademi Awards

Posted on : 23 Dec 2019

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  • Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Awards in 23 languages.
  • The Awards were recommended by distinguished Jury members representing 23 Indian languages and approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi which met under the Chairmanship of Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar, President, Sahitya Akademi.
  • The Sahitya Akademi Award, instituted by the National Academy of Letters, is considered one of the highest literary awards in the country, which honours the winners with an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and prize amount of Rs 1,00,000.

About Sahitya Akademi

  • The Sahitya Akademi was formally inaugurated by the Government of India on 12 March 1954.
  • Though set up by the Government, the Akademi functions as an autonomous organisation. It was registered as a society on 7 January 1956, under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, is the central institution for literary dialogue, publication and promotion in the country and the only institution that undertakes literary activities in 24 Indian languages, including English.
  • Akademi gives 24 awards annually to literary works in the languages it has recognized and an equal number of awards to literary translations from and into the languages of India.
  • It also gives special awards called Bhasha Samman to significant contribution to the languages not formally recognized by the Akademi as also for contribution to classical and medieval literature.
  • Besides the 22 languages enumerated in the Constitution of India, the Sahitya Akademi has recognised English and Rajasthani as languages in which its programme may be implemented.

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to Sahitya Akademi Awards, consider the following statements
    1.It functions as an autonomous organisation.
    2.It is the only institution that undertakes literary activities in 24 Indian languages, including English.
    3.It also gives special awards called Bhasha Samman to significant contribution to the languages not formally recognized by the Akademi as also for contribution to classical and medieval literature.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 and 3 only

    3.1 and 3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1, 2 and 3

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