New Delhi, Dec 30: Sahitya Akademi on Thursday announced the list of 22 winners of Youth Award and Children’s Literature Award for 2021. Megha Majumdar won the Youth Award for her first novel “A Burning” and Himanshu Vajpayee won it. The Sahitya Akademi said in a statement, “Kisa Kisa Lakhnau — Lucknow Ke Awami Kise” is a collection of short stories.
The Sahitya Akademi Youth Award 2021 will be given for nine books of poetry, five novels, six short stories and one essay and drama, it said. The Youth Award winners for the poetry collection are Gaurab Chakraborty (Bengali), Gautam Daimari (Boro), Arun Akash Dev (Dogri), H Lakshmi Narayan Swami (Kannada), Shraddha Garad (Konkani), Lenin Khumanch (Manipuri), Amit. Mishra (Maithili), Thagulla Gopal (Telugu) and Umar Farhat (Urdu).
Drishti Soni (Gujarati), Mobin Mohan (Malayalam), Pranab Sakhadeo (Marathi) and Kuna Hansdah (Santali) are among the winners of the novel. Other winners are Abhijit Bora (Assamese), Razi Tahir Bhagat (Kashmiri), Mahesh Dahal (Nepali), Swetapadma Satpati (Sanskrit), Rakesh Shewani (Sindhi), Birdabinder Singh (Punjabi) and Debabrata Das (Oriya).
The Youth Award for Tamil will be announced at a later date and there will be no awards in Rajasthan this year, the statement said. Anita Bhasrajani has been nominated for the Children’s Literature Award 2021 for her biography “Amrita Sher-Gil: Rebel with a Paintbrush”. Hindi writer Devendra Mewari won the award for his play “Natak Natak Amar Vijnan”.
Anmol Jha (Maithili), Sudarshan Ambate (Nepali), Digraj Brahma (Oriya), Sova Hansda (Santali), Kishin Khubchandani ‘Ranjayal’ (Sindhi) and Kauser Siddiqui (Urdu) are the winners of poetry. Other recipients of the Children’s Literature Award 2021 are Mrinal Chandra Kalita (Assamese), Sunirmal Chakraborty (Bengali), Ratneshwar Narjari (Boro), Narsingh Dev Jamwal (Dogri), Basu Bevinagida (Kannada), Majid Majaji (Kashmiri). Desai (Konkani), Raghunath Paleri (Malayalam), Ningombam Jadumani Singh (Manipuri), Sanjay Wagh (Marathi), Kirti Sharma (Rajasthani), Asha Agarwal (Sanskrit), Mu. Murugesh (Tamil) and Devaraju Maharaja (Telugu).
There are no awards in Gujarati and Punjabi this year. Recipients of both prizes will receive a casket with an engraved copper plaque and a check for Rs 50,000 at a special event to be held on the following date.
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