Introducing Winners of The Sahitya Akademi Awards – An Opportunity to Catch up on Their Works

Introducing Winners of The Sahitya Akademi Awards – An Opportunity to Catch up on Their Works

Introducing Winners of The Sahitya Akademi Awards – An Opportunity to Catch up on Their Works

by February 5, 2014 0 comments

Established in 1956, Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters aims to promote literary dialogue, publication and promotion of twenty four Indian languages including English. Recognition from a prestigious institution such as this is indeed a great honour for our writers.

sahitya academyThis blog is an attempt to highlight select writers who have been received this award and popularity for their niche writing talent.

Nissim Ezekiel

Nissim EzekielWinner of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983 for his work – Latter-Psalms, a poetry collection, he was an Jewish poet apart from being an editor, playwright and an art-critic. Having credited of founding India’s literary base especially in English, post the British era, Nissim Ezekiel was brought up in an English environment while at home. Also, he had an opportunity to study philosophy at Birkbeck College in London for three years. He returned to India to pursue English literature and even taught it for years across colleges in Mumbai.

His noteworthy works include The Bad Day, The Deadly Man, The Exact Name and many more. Even today, his poems are included in the English syllabus of NCERT and ICSE school boards. His popular books include Time To Change, The Discovery of India, Snakeskin and Other Poems, translations of the Marathi poet Indira Sant, Collected Poems 1952-88 and others.

Jeet Thayil 

Jeet ThayilWinner of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2012 for his work These Errors are Correct, his other literary works include Apcocalypso, Gemini and the most acclaimed work, Narcopolis which has received DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the and the Hindu Literary Prize. Through Narcopolis, he wishes to commemorate certain people he was acquainted during his days of addiction who were literally considered outcastes by the society. Narcopolis is set in Mumbai during the decades of 1970s- 80s, highlighting the existence and spread of the opium dens within it.

Apart from a poet and a writer, Jeet Thayil is a performance poet and musician. As a member of the the contemporary music project Sridhar/Thayil wherein his contribution is that of a songwriter and a guitarist.

Kiran Nagarkar

Kiran NagarkarWinner of the Sahitya Akademi Award in English by the Sahitya Akademi in 2001 for his novel, Cuckold (1997), his other noteworthy works include Saat Sakkam Trechalis (tr. Seven Sixes Are Forty Three) Ravan and Eddie, The Extras.  Besides being a prolific writer, Kiran is an acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, film and drama critic in Marathi as well as English. He was greatly influenced by westernized views towards the Hindu religion in which his family greatly believed in. Cuckold has been translated in many Indian and foreign languages while his novel God’s Little Soldier is based on orthodox religious traditions faced by a young liberal Muslim.

The latest addition to Kiran Nagarkar collection is The Extras which is a sequel to his earlier novel Ravan and Eddie.

Undoubtedly, these stories are interesting reads reflecting their observation and creativity of nuances of life and society with the passing by times. Do spare out time to catch up on these engaging novels, most of them are available online and for the latest book deals, discount offers and purchases you could visit Compareraja right away.

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