The Sahitya Akademi has selected 22 writers for the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2019 and 23 writers for Yuva Puraskar 2019.
The Executive Board of the Akademi that met in Agartala on Friday, under the chairmanship of its president Chandrashekhar Kambar approved the selection of awardees.
Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel congratulated the award winners.
The awardees have been selected on the basis of recommendations made by the jury comprising three members each in the concerned language, in accordance with the rules and procedure laid down for the purpose.
The executive board declared the awards on the basis of a unanimous/majority vote by the jury. The award in Maithili will be declared on a later date, an official press release said.
For the Bal Sahitya Puraskar, the Awards relate to books first published during the five years immediately preceding the year of award (between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017). However, during the initial ten years, from 2010 to 2019, the award may also be given to an author based on his/her total contribution to children’s literature.
Meanwhile, eleven books of poetry, six of the short story, five of the novel and one of literary criticism have won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2019. The award relates to books published by an author of age 35 and below as on January 1 of the year of the award.
The award, in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque and a cheque of Rs 50,000, will be presented to the awardees at a special function to be held at a later date.
The following are the awardees:
SAHITYA AKADEMI YUVA PURASKAR 2019
Assamese: Ei Pine Ki Ase? (Short Story), Sanjib Pol Deka