List of Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award Winners

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Jan 31, 2022, 9:29

The Sahitya Akademi Award is a highly prestigious literary award in India, given by India’s National Academy of Letters, the Sahitya Akademi, annually to writers of the most extraordinary and outstanding books of academic merit. The books may be published in any of the 24 major Indian languages, including Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi, English, and other 24 languages, as listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution and recognized by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. 

Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award 

All Sahitya Akademi Award winners are felicitated with:

  • An engraved copper plate
  • A shawl
  • A cash amount of Rs. 1,00,000

The purpose of announcing a Sahitya Akademi Award winner

The Sahitya Akademi Award winners are selected based on their valuable and outstanding contributions to literature and writing. The award's primary purpose is to recognize and reward excellence in Indian writing and even promote and acknowledge new trends in the literary field. 

Sahitya Akademi Award winners list 2020

The Sahitya Akademi Award 2020 winners list comprises of the following:

  • Seven books of poetry, 
  • four of the novel, 
  • Five short stories, 
  • two plays, and 
  • one of the memoirs and epic poetry in 20 Indian languages. 

The awards for Malayalam, Nepali, Odia, and Rajasthani were announced later. Sahitya Akademi Award is a literary honour in India. 

The complete list has been given below:

S.No

Language

Title and Genre

Name of the Author

1

Assamese

Bengsata (Short stories)

Apurba Kumar Saikia

2

Bengali

Eka Eka Ekashi (Memoirs)

Mani Shankar Mukhopadhyay

3

  

Bodo

Gwthenay Lamayao Gwdan Agan (Short stories)

Dharanidhar Owari

4

Dogri

Baba Jitmal (Play)

Gian Singh

5

English

When God Is a Traveller (Poetry)

Arundhathi Subramaniam

  6

Gujarati

Banaras Diary (Poetry)

Harish Meenakshru

7

Hindi

Tokeri Mein Digant ‘ Their Gatha” (Poetry)

Anamika

8

Kannada

Sri Bahubali Ahimsadigvijayam (EPIC POETRY)

M. Veerappa Moily

9

Kashmiri

Tilasm-e-Khanabadosh (Short stories)

Hiday Koul Bharti

10

  

Konkani

Yugaparivarathanancho Yatri  (Poetry)

RS Bhaskar

11

Maithili

Gach Roosal Achhi (Short Stories)

Kamalkant Jha

12

Manipuri

Malangbana Kari Hai (Poetry)

Irungbam Deven

13

Marathi

Udya (Novel)

Nanda Khare

14

Punjabi

Aam Khass (Short stories)

Gurdev Singh Rupana

15

Sanskrit

Vaishali (Novel)

Mahesh Chandra Sharma Gautam

16

Santali

Gur Dak Kasa Dak(Poetry)

Rupchand Hansdah

17

Sindhi

Jehad (Plays)

Jetho Lalwani

18

Tamil

Sellaatha Panam (Novel)

Imaiyam

19

Telugu

Agniswaasa(2015-17) Poetry

Nikhileswar

20

Urdu

Amawas Mein Khwab (Novel)

Hussain-ul-Haque

 

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FAQs about Sahitya Akademi Award

  • Who was Sahitya Akademi Award first winner?

The Sahitya Akademi Award first winner was R.K. Narayan, who was given the award for his novel ‘The Guide’ in 1960. 

  • Who runs the Sahitya Akademi? 

The Sahitya Akademi is run by three authorities viz;

  • General council.
  • Finance committee.
  • Executive board.

It is an autonomous body that comes under the Ministry of Culture. 

  • What is the prize money for the Sahitya Akademi Award winners?

The Sahitya Akademi Award winners are bestowed with a copper plaque, a shawl, and a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000.

  • Who designed the plaque for the Sahitya Akademi Awards?

The plaque for the Sahitya Akademi Award was designed by the Late Satyajit Ray, the renowned Bengali motion-picture director, writer, and illustrator.