New Delhi: Noted Tamil writer Vannadasan, English novelist Jerry Pinto and Hindi author Nasira Sharma were among the 24 authors named for the Sahitya Akademi Award 2016.
They were cited for Oru Siru Isai, Em and the Big Hoom and Paarijat respectively.
Boluwaru Mohammad Kunhi was named for Swatantryada Ota in Kannada, Edwin JFD 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/Telugu).
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 22 February, 2017.