NEWDELHI5/12/18:: As many as three littérateurs from Odisha have been selected for the prestigious Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award-2018.
Noted writer Dr. Dasarathi Das will receive the Sahitya Akademi Award for his book ‘Prasanga Puruna Bhabana Nua’.
Dr. Gaganendranath Das
Similarly, Dr. Gaganendranath Das will be bestowed with the Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman. Likewise, Dr. Prafulla Tripathy and Haladhar Nag will be conferred with the Kosali-Sambalpuri Bhasha Samman.
The selections have been approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi.
KOSHALI-SAMBALPURI (JOINT AWARD) (2017)
Dr Haldhar Nag (born 31 March 1950 at Village Ghensh, Bargarh district) is a noted writer in Koshli- Sambalpuri. He is a very fine singer of Koshli Ramkatha. Early in his life, he started composing bhajans, rasarkeli, dallkhai, sajani songs. His songs on Dandanaat was staged and played in 13 villages of his locality. He has been awarded the Ph.D degree honoris causa by several Universities. His works have been translated into Odia, Hindi and English. His works include Mahasati Urmila, Achhia, Tara Mandodari, Bacchhar, Siri Somalai, Veer Sundar Sai, Karamasani, Rasia Kavi (biography of Tulasidas), Prem Pradhan, etc. A research institute on Kosli Language and Literature founded at Ghens in Bargarh district has been named after Haladhar Nag. Dr. Nag is a recipient of Padam Shri Award from the Govt. of India.
Dr Prafulla Kumar Tripathy (born 1947) is an iconic figure in Koshli-Sambalpuri language as well as a well-known poet, writer and linguist in mainstream Odia language. His Sambalpuri Sabdkosh published by the Odisha Sahitya Academy has given a strong foundation to the Koshli language and literature. His grammatical study of Koshli-Sambalpuri language has enriched the Koshli language. His life time contribution for his mother tongue Koshli is worthy of praise in terms of creativity and critical analysis of Koshli Grammar. His publications include Sambalpuri Odia Shabdakosha, Samalkpuri Odia Vyakaran, Barna Bidhana and Bhasha Jijnasa. He has received Odia Sahitya Akademi award for his collection of Odia short stories Nija Singhasana.
Jury: Dr Mahendra Kumar Mishra, Dr Subhendu Mund and Dr Narendra Mishra.