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Sahitya Akademi has announced the Bhasha Sammans

NEWDELHI:5/12/18:Sahitya Akademi  has  announced  the  Bhasha Sammans  to  the  below writers/scholars in recognition of their significant contributions in the field of Classical and Medieval Literature and also in Unrecognized Languages.Each Bhasha Samman carries a cash prize of (  1,00,000) an inscribed copper plaque and citation. The Samman will be presented to the Awardees by the President of Sahitya Akademi at a special function which will be held on a later date.The brief bio-datas of the Bhasha Samman Awardees are given below:



NORTH  (2017)

Dr Yogendra  Nath Sharma  ‘Arun’  (born 7 June 1941) is an eminent poet and writer in Hindi.  He retired  as  Principal  with  35  years’  teaching  experience.  He  has  24  publications  including  04 collections of children poetry. He has unique Research work in Jain  Ramakatha   entitled Swayambhu Avam  Tulsi Ke Naripatra:   Tulnatmak  Anusheelan.     Dr. Arun has received various honours and awards like – Kavya Ratna Award, Geet Ratnakar Award, Sahitya Shri Award among others.

Jury:  Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, Sri Sudhish Pachouri and Prof. Sharda Sharma.


SOUTH  (2017)

Sri G. Venkatasubbiah   (born 23 August 1913 at Ganjam Village, Srirangapatna in Mandya District) is an eminent Kannada writer,  grammarian,  editor, lexicographer and critic who  has compiled  10 dictionaries and authored a dictionary entitled Klishtapada   Kosha,   a dictionary of complex Kannada words,  04 seminal works  on dictionary  science  in Kannada, edited  over 60 books,  published 04 children’s books, 08 translations and several papers. Sri G. Venkatasubbiah has been decorated with several awards and honours that include Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award, Rajyothsava Award, Shivaram Karanth Award, Press Academy Special Award, Aryabhatta Award, K.  M. Munshi Award, Honorary Doctorate from Rani Chennamma University, Pampa Award and Padmashri from the Government of India in 2017.

Jury:  Dr C. Rajendran, Prof. Ravva Srihari and Sri Basavaraj Kalgudi.


EASTERN  (2018)

Dr Gaganendra  Nath Dash (born, 25 November 1940) is an eminent scholar and writer in Odia.  He has 30 years of teaching experience in different positions and retired as the Head of the Department of  Linguistics,  Berhampur   University.   He  had  a  seminal  role  in  preparing  a  classified  and comprehensive bibliography, entitled Orissa.  His works on the role of the priests of Jagannath temple in medieval Odisha was  quite  influential  and  brought much acclaim.  He has worked  on various research projects, namely, Harvard-Bhubaneswar Project and Orissa Research Project I &  II which aimed  at  a  long-term  fieldwork  oriented  ethnographic  study  of  urbanization  and  socio-cultural changes in Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

Jury:  Professor Sunil Kumar Dutta, Dr Pradipta Kumar Panda and Prof. Jyotsna Chattopadhyay.

WESTERN   (2018)

Dr Shailaja  Bapat  is an eminent writer in Marathi.   She has written a voluminous work entitled, A

Critical  Study  of the Brahmasutras    in three volumes.  The author has provided the variant readings of the Sutras.  The findings of the variant readings are based on the manuscripts of the BAdarAya/Ea’s BrahmasUtrapAtha.    He  has  collated  these  manuscripts  on  the  ancient  text  published with  theSariakamimamsabhasya      of  SaEkaracarya    as  vulgate   manuscript.     She  has  authored   several  other books,   including   two   bibliographies    on  Suddha   Advaita   and   Kevala   Advaita   Vedanta.      She  was awarded  the  EmeritFellowship   by the  UGC  and  has a number  of research  articles.    Dr. Bapat  was Government    Nominee    of  the   Regulating    Council   and   Executive    Council   of  Bhandarkar    Oriental Research  Institute,  Pune.

Jury:   Sri Mohan  Gehani,  Professor   (Dr) Dilip Dhondge  and  Sri Bhagwan  Das  Patel.




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.

PAITE   (2017)

Sri  H. Nengsong    (born  2 January   1935)  is an eminent  writer  in Paite  language.   He retired  from  IFS as Deputy Conservator   of Forests  and is the prominent  writer  among  the  Paite  tribe  and known  for his works  in Paite  language..    He has  published   11 books  in Paite  which  are well  read  in the society.  His writings   help  in  the  growth   of  Pait.e  language   and  its  literature.      His  compilations     consist   of  05 volumes  of book dealing  with  history  of Paite  individuals.

Jury:   Professor  R.L. Thannawai,   Dr H. Kamkhenthang   and  Dr Tualchin   Neihsial.


Sri  Harikrishna     Dwivedi    (born   14  August   1944  at  Village   Pai,  District   Kaithal   in  Haryana)   is  an eminent  writer  in  Hariyanvi.   He  has  retired  as  Hindi  teacher   from  Education    Department,   Haryana. He has  published   10 books  in Hariyanvi.     Sri  Dwivedi  has  been  honoured   with  several  awards  and honours,   some   of  them   are  Jankavi   Mehar   Singh   Samman    2015,   Shreshth    Kriti  Samman   from Haryana  Sahitya  Akademi   (twice)  and  Baburam  Gupta  Smriti  Samman.


Dr  (Smt.)   Shamim    Sharma   (born   17  March   1959)  is  well-known    writer   in  Hariyanvi.   She  has  33 years’  teaching   experience    including   13 years  as  Principal.    She  has edited   10 volumes   of Haryana Encyclopaedia     sponsored     by   the   Government     of   Haryana.       Her   published    books    include   – Kurushankh,    Hastakshar     (collection     of   short   stories),    Ajanmi    8eti   Ki   Chitthi,    Panchnaad    and Jadubhara   Saath  (collection   of poems)  and 07 more  publications   under  common  title,  Chaupa/   based on Hariyanvi  humor.     Dr Shamim   Sharma   has been  honoured   for  her pioneer  work  in social  service with a gold medal  by Mother  Teresa  and Vishisht  Sahitya  Sevi  Samman.

Jury:   Sri Santram  Deswal,  Sri Puran  Chand  Sharma  and Sri Puran  Mal Gaur.


About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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