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:
Title and Genre
Name of the Author
Bengsata (Short stories)
Apurba Kumar Saikia
Eka Eka Ekashi (Memoirs)
Mani Shankar Mukhopadhyay
Gwthenay Lamayao Gwdan Agan (Short stories)
Baba Jitmal (Play)
When God Is a Traveller (Poetry)
Banaras Diary (Poetry)
Tokeri Mein Digant ‘ Their Gatha” (Poetry)
Sri Bahubali Ahimsadigvijayam (EPIC POETRY)
M. Veerappa Moily
Tilasm-e-Khanabadosh (Short stories)
Hiday Koul Bharti
Yugaparivarathanancho Yatri (Poetry)
Gach Roosal Achhi (Short Stories)
Malangbana Kari Hai (Poetry)
Aam Khass (Short stories)
Gurdev Singh Rupana
Mahesh Chandra Sharma Gautam
Gur Dak Kasa Dak(Poetry)
Sellaatha Panam (Novel)
Amawas Mein Khwab (Novel)
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.