Sahitya Akademi Award 2021

On December 30, 2021, the Sahitya Akademi Award 2021 was given for literary works in 20 Indian languages. Namita Gokhale received the award for her novel ‘Things to Leave Behind’ and Anuradha Sarma Pujari for her Assamese novel ‘Iyat Ekhan Aaronya Asil’.

Along with the Sahitya Akademi Awards, Yuva Puraskar and Bal Sahitya Puraskar for 2021 were also announced. Awards in Gujarati, Maithili,- Manipuri & Urdu languages will be announced at a later date. 

Sahitya Akademi Award 2022 has not been declared yet.

This topic is important for UPSC from the current affairs perspective. 

  • Sahitya Akademi Award is also known as the Sahitya Akademi Main Award.
  • It was first conferred in 1955.
  • It is conferred annually on 24 writers for their outstanding original literary works published in 24 Indian languages recognised by the Akademi.
  • The award is considered the most prestigious literary award in India.

Sahitya Akademi

  • Sahitya Akademi is India’s National Academy of Letters.
  • The Government of India established the Sahitya Akademi on 12 March 1954
  • Sahitya Akademi was set up by the Government but functions as an autonomous organisation.
  • On 7 January 1956, it was registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • Sahitya Akademi has recognised English and Rajasthani apart from the 22 languages enumerated in the Indian Constitution.

This topic is important for GS Paper-1 and prelims exam of UPSC 2022.

General Rules and Eligibility Criteria for the Sahitya Akademi Award

  • The book must be a remarkable contribution to the language and literature to which it belongs.
  • The literary work or book should be first published in any of the languages recognised by the Sahitya Akademi during the five years prior to the year, immediately preceding the year of the award.
  • The literary work should be written by an Indian and published in India.
  • The book or literary work should not be a work of translation or an anthology of multiple authors
  • When two or more books are equally good, the total literary contribution and standing of the authors of the books will be considered to decide the award.

Sahitya Akademi Award Winners 2021

The list of winners from each category of the Sahitya Akademi Award winners 2021 is given below, and it will be helpful for UPSC 2022:

Language Title and Genre Name of the Author
 Assamese         Iyat Ekhan Aaronya Asil (Novel)  Anuradha Sarma Pujari
Bengali     Mitjafar O Ananya Natale (Play) Bratya Basu
Bodo         Khora Sayao Arw Himalay (Poetry)  Mwdai Gahai
Dogri         

Namme Tunnel (Short Stories)

Raj Rahi
English        

Things to Leave Behind (Novel) 

Namita Gokhale
Hindi             Samrat Ashok (Play) Daya Prakash Sinha
Kannada   Gandhi Kathana (Biography) D.S. Nagabhushana
Kashmiri    Tawazun (Criticism) Wali Mohd. Aseer Kashtawari
Malayalam    Hrudayaragangal (Autobiography) George Onakkoor
Marathi      Baluchya Awasthantarachi Diary (Short Stories) Kiran Gurav
Nepali      Usha Anirudha (Epic Poetry)  Chhabilal Upadhyaya
Odia      Sarijaithiba Apera (Poetry)  Hrushikesh Mallick
Punjabi     Sullan Da Salan (short Stories)  Khalid Hussain
Rajasthani     Mugtee (Poetry)  Meethesh Nirmohi
Sanskrit     Srijati Shankhnadam Kil, Kavita (Poetry)  Vindeshwariprasad Mishr ‘Vinay’
Santali       Mane Rena Arhang (Short Stories)  Niranjan Hansda
Sindhi    Nena Nindakhra (Poetry) Arjun Chawla
Tamil            Civappuk Kazuttu Tan Oru Paccaip Paravai (Short Stories)   Ambai
Telugu                                                    Vallankitaalam (Poetry)           Gorati Venkanna 
Konkani    Raktachandan (Poetry)  Sanjiv Verenkar

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