Poet Adil wins Sahitya Award

New Delhi:  Poet and critic Adil Jussawall’s “Trying to Say Goodbye” is among eight books of poetry conferred the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award 2014, it was announced here on Friday.

Apart from this, five novels, three books of essays, three of short stories, one of literary criticism and an autobiography have also won the award that recognises premier works in 22 Indian languages. Bengali poet Utpal Kumar Basu’s “Piya Mana Bhabe”, Bodo poet Urkhao Gwra Brahma’s “Udangnifrai Gidingfinnanei”, Shad Ramzan’s “Kore Kakud Pushrith Gome” (Kashmiri), Gopalkrushna Rath’s “Bipula Diganta” (Odia), etc.

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Sahitya Akademi’s meet questioned

Chennai: After the controversy over ‘good governance day’, a three-day writers’ meet being organised by Sahithya Akademi under the Union Culture Ministry has come in for flak from a noted Tamil writer since it starts on Christmas Day and focuses on Sanskrit.

The Ministry of Culture and Banaras Hindu University are organising the meet for “multilingual writers under Sanskrit” from Dec 25 to 27 at the varsity premises in Varanasi, sources in Tamil literary world said.   “They have deliberately chosen a holiday, the Christmas Day for the meet..this should not have been done,” Gnani Sankaran, noted writer and political commentator told PTI.

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