BAL SAHITYA PURASKAR 2018

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Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi which met today at Guwahati, under the Chairmanship of its President, Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar approved selection of 23 writers (as given at Annexure ‘A’ attached) for the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2018. The books were selected on the basis of recommendations made by the Jury comprising of three members each in the concerned language in accordance with the rules and procedure laid down for the purpose.

According to the procedure, the Executive Board declared the Awards on the basis of unanimous/majority vote by the Jury. The Awards relate to books first published during the five years immediately preceding the year of Award (i.e. between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2016). However, during the initial ten years i.e. from 2010 to 2019, the award may also be given to an author based on his/her total contribution to Children Literature.The name of the Jury members on whose recommendations the Bal Sahitya
Puraskar were declared are given language wise at Annexure ‘B’ attached.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 on 14 November 2018.

POETRY DOMINATES SAHITYA AKADEMI YUVA PURASKAR 2018
Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Yuva Puraskar in 22 languages today.Tenbooks of poetry, seven of short stories, three of novel and one of play have won the SahityaAkademiYuvaPuraskar 2018.
The Awards were recommended by distinguished Jury members representing 22 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 Samragnee
Bandyopadhyay(Bengali), Esha Dadawala(Gujarati), Aasteek Vajpeyi(Hindi), Wilma Bantwal (Konkani), Umesh Paswan (Maithili), Tongbram Amarjit Singh (Manipuri),Jayadratha Suna (Odia), Dushyant Joshi (Rajasthani),Muni Rajsundar Vijay (Sanskrit), Bala SudhakarMouli (Telugu).
Those who have won the Awards for their collection of short stories include Bipasha Bora (Assamese), PadmanabhaBhat(Kannada), DheebaNazir (Kashmiri), ChhudenKabimu (Nepali), Rani Murmu (Santali), Suneel Krishnan (Tamil), ShahnazRahman (Urdu).
Those who have won the Awards for their collection of Novel include Amal (Malayalam), Navnath Gore (Marathi), GurpreetSehji (Punjabi) and for Play,ChampaChetnani (Sindhi).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 1 st 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.
K. Sreenivasarao
Encls: List of Award-winners
List of Jury members
K. Sreenivasarao
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