New Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) Twenty-four eminent authors writing in as many Indian languages were today conferred the Sahitya Akademi awards at the annual Festival of Letters.
The recipients were awarded a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each for their “outstanding books of literary merit”.
Distributing the awards, Akademi President Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari said he hates to call it “award” and rather uses the word “honour”, as according to him the word award projects “monetary” side, which is nothing for writers of such merit.
“Thats why I say these writers are beyond any award. We, on our part, can only honour their writings and creations in ceremonies like these,” Tiwari said at the award ceremony.
The awarded literary works have been written in 24 Indian languages, including English, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Sanskrit, Bodo, Kashmiri, Manipuri, Nepali among others. Read more
Source: India Today