Jerry Pinto, Nasira Sharma among Sahitya Akademi awardees
They were cited for `Em and the Big Hoom` and `Paarijat` respectively.
Boluwaru Mohammad Kunhi was named for `Swatantryada Ota` in Kannada, Edwin J.F.D Souza for `Kale Bhangar` in Konkani and Gita Upadhyay for `Janmabhumi Mero Swadesh` in Nepali.
Eight poets were also honoured: Jnan Pujari (`Meghmalar Bhraman`/Assamese), Anju (`Ang Maboroi Dong Dasong`/ Bodo), Kamal Vora (`Anekek`/Gujarati), Prabha Varma (`Shyamamadhavam`/Malayalam), Sitanath Acharya (`Kavyanirjhari`/Sanskrit), Gobinda Chandra Majhi (`Nalha`/Santhali), Nand Javeri (`Akhar Katha`/Sindhi) and Papineni Sivasankar (`Rajanigandha`/Telegu).
Seven writers were cited for short stories: Chahatrapal (`Cheta`/Dogri), Shyan Darihare (`Barki Kaki at Hotmail Dot Com`/Maithili), Moirangthem Rajen (`Cheptharaba Eshingpun`/Manipuri), Asaram Lomate (`Aalok`/Marathi, Paramita Satpathy (`Prapti`/Odia), Bulaki Sharma (`Murdjat Ar Dujee Kahaniyan`/Rajasthani) Vannadhasan `Oru Siru Isai`/Tamil).
Aziz Hajini (`Aane Khane`/Kashmiri) and Nizam Siddiqui `Mabad-e-Jadidiat Se Naye Ahed Ki Takhliqiyat Tak`/Urdu) were awarded for their books on criticism. Nrisinghaprasad Bhaduri has been honoured for his essay `Mahabharater Astadashi` in Bengali and Swarajbir for his play `Masia Di Raat` in Punjabi.
The awards comprising a casket containing an engraved copper plaque, as well as a shawl and a cheque of Rs.100,000 will be presented to the authors here on February 22, 2017.
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