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Sahitya akademi awards 2022 announced

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The Sahitya Akademi Award 2022:

The Sahitya Akademi Award: The award has been given by the central government for the best literature of every year. Accordingly, the central government has announced the Sahitya Akademi Award for literature on December 22. Writer M. Rajendran from Tamil Nadu has received this award for his novel ‘Kala Pani’. The awardee will be presented with a cash prize of one lakh rupees and a copper Shield. This ‘Kala Pani’ novel is a historical novel based on the war of Kalayarkovil or Kalayarkool.

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Sahitya Akademi, announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Awards in 23 languages:

  • 07 books of poetry,
  • 06 of novel,
  • 02 of short stories,
  • 03 Play/Dramas,
  • 02 Literary Criticism,
  • one each of Autobiographical Essays,
  • Collection of Articles and Literary History have won the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2022.
  • Award in Bengali language will be announced on a later date.

The Awards, recommended by distinguished Jury members in 23 Indian languages, were approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar, President, Sahitya Akademi.

The books were selected on the basis of recommendations made by a Jury of three members in the concerned languages in accordance with the procedure laid down for the purpose. According to the procedure, the Executive Board declared the Awards on the basis of unanimous selections made by the Jurors or selection made on the basis of majority vote. The Awards relate to books first published during the five years immediately preceding the year of Award (i.e. between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2020).

The Award in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and an amount of Rs. 1,00,000/- towards cash content each will be presented to the awardees at the award.

The following have won the Award in the below mentioned category:


Language Title and Genre Name of the Author
Assamese Bhool Satya (Short Stories) Manoj Kumar Goswami
Bodo Sansrini Modira (Poetry) Rashmi Choudhury
Dogri Chhe Roopak (Drama) Veena Gupta
English All The Lives We Never Lived (Novel) Anuradha Roy
Gujarati Gher Jatan (Autobiographical Essays) Gulam Mohammad Shaikh
Hindi Tumadi Ke Shabd (Poetry) Badri Narayan
Kannada Bahutvada Bhaarata mattu Bouddha Taatvikate (Collection of Articles) Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy
Kashmiri Zael Dab (Literary Criticism) Farooq Fayaz
Konkani Amrutvel (Novel) Maya Anil Kharangate
Maithili Pen-Drive Me Prithvi (Poetry) Ajit Azad
Malayalam Ashaante Seethayanam (Literary Criticism) M. Thomas Mathew
Manipuri Leironnung (Poetry) Koijam Shantibala
Marathi Ujavya Sondechya Bahulya (Novel) Praveen Dashrath Bandekar
Nepali Saino (Drama) K.B. Nepali
Odia Dayanadi (Poetry) Gayatribala Panda
Punjabi Main Aynghosh Nahi (Short Stories) Sukhjit
Rajasthani Alekhun Amba (Play) Kamal Ranga
Sanskrit Deepmanikyam (Poetry) Janardan Prasad Pandey ‘Mani’
Santali Sabarnaka Balire Sanan’ Panjay (Poetry) Kajli Soren (Jagannath Soren)
Sindhi Sindhi Sahit Jo Mukhtasar Itihas (Literary History) Kanhaiyalal Lekhwani
Tamil Kaala Paani (Novel) M. Rajendran
Telugu Manodharmaparagam (Novel) Madhuranthakam Narendra
Urdu Khwab Saraab (Novel) Anis Ashfaq

Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation 2022:

A total of 17 books were selected for the Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation 2022. The award recognises the translations first published during the 5 years prior to the award year. The prize carries a cash award of Rs 50000 and a copper plaque

Click here for the winners of the Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation 2022

Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman 2022:

Dr Udaya Nath Jha, professor and head of Sahitya Department of Central Sanskrit University, Puri, Odisha has been approved as the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman 2022 in recognition of his contribution in the field of Classical and Medieval Literature in the Eastern region.The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, an inscribed copper plaque and a citation.

About Dr Udaya Nath Jha:

Dr Udaya Nath Jha has authored 26 books in Maithili, Hindi, and Sanskrit and translated and edited around 27 books.He has also published 471 articles, stories, research papers and essays in various recognised journals.

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.

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.

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