Sahitya Akademi awards presented in New Delhi
New Delhi (PTI): Seven novelists and as many poets were among 23 litterateurs in all major Indian languages, who were on Tuesday awarded the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2008 here.
The awards, including a posthumous honour, were also presented to five short story writers and three critics and essay writers for their contribution to various Indian languages.
Well known critic in Malayalam language, K P Appan, who died in December last year won the award for his collection of essays in Malayalam titled 'Madhuram Ninte Jeevitham'.
The Hindi language award was presented to prominent novelist Govind Mishra for his work 'Kohre Mein Kaid Rang'.
Mishra has 45 books to his credit that include novels, collection of short stories, travelogues and poems.
The coveted award carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and an engraved copper plaque. Three women were among this year's awardees.
The Akademi, which picked up writers from all major Indian languages, however, did not award any English work this year as no book was found eligible for the honour.
Kashmiri critic Ghulam Nabi Aatash won the award for 'Bazyaft', a collection of essays, including a commentary on some of the past Kashmiri writers. Besides another critic Hiro Shewkani, a Sindhi writer, also won the award.