New Delhi, Mar 12, 2014: Eminent poets and litterateurs, including Javed Akhtar, Subdodh Sarkar and Mridula Garg, were among the 24 literary giants felicitated by the Sahitya Akademi at its annual Festival of Letters here.
“What Sahitya Akademi is offering to these literary greats is merely a gesture compared to their immense contribution to Indian literature,” Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, President, Sahitya Akademi said at a function.
The Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Akademi of Letters felicitated poets, authors, essayists and playwrights with awards for their works published in 24 recognised Indian languages including English.
Poets including Javed Akhtar (Urdu), Subodh Sarkar (Bengali) and Ambika Dutt (Rajasthani) and renowned novelists Mridula Garg (Hindi), Manmohan (Punjabi) and R N Joe D’ Cruz (Tamil) were among the awardees.
Other award winners included Rabindra Sarkar (Assamese), Anil Boro (Bodo), Sita Ram Sapolia (Dogri), Temsula Ao (English), Chinu Modi (Gujarati), C N Ramachandran (Kannada), Mohi-ud-Din Reshi (Kasmiri), Tukaram Ram Shet (Konkani) Sureshwar Jha (Maithili), M N Paloor (Malayalam), Makhonmani Mongsaba (Manipuri)
Satish Kalsekar (Marathi), Manbahadur Pradhan (Nepali), Bijay Mishra (Odia), Radhakant Thakur (Sanskrit) Arjun Charan Hembram (Santali), Namdev Tarachandani (Sindhi) and Katyayani Vidmahe (Telugu).