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Sahitya Akademi award winners

NEW DELHI, DEC. 22. English author Upamanyu Chatterjee, Malayalam short story writer Paul Zachariah and Hindi poet Viren Dangwal are among the 22 winners of the Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2004.

The awards were announced this afternoon after a meeting of the executive board of the Sahitya Akademi chaired by its president, Gopi Chand Narang, approved the winners.

Poets lead the list of winners in seven of the 22 languages, including Hirendra Nath Dutta (Assamese), Ghulam Nabi Firaq (Kashmiri), Chandrabhanu Singh (Maithili), Birendrajit Naorem (Manipuri) and Tamilanban (Tamil).

Besides Upamanyu Chatterjee, who won the award for The Mammaries of the Welfare State, five other novelists are among the awardees. They include Geetha Nagabhushana (Kannada), Sadanand Deshmukh (Marathi), Nand Bhardwaj (Rajasthani) and Naveen (Telugu).

Malayalam short story writer Zachariah won the award for his short story collection Zachariyayute Kathakal while Hindi poet Dangwal bagged the award for Dushchakra Mein Srista, his collection of poems.

Essayists Sudhir Chakraborty (Bengali), Shiv Nath (Dogri) and Prafulla Kumar Mohanty (Oriya) are also among the winners.

The award for Punjabi went to critic Sutinder Singh while fellow critic Amritlal Vegad is the winner in Gujarati.

The awards carry Rs. 50,000 and a plaque each. The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held in the national capital in February next year, said the Akademi secretary, K. Satchidanandan.

Following is the complete list of awardees: Assamese - Hirendra Nath Dutta for Manuh Anukule (poetry); Bengali - Sudir Chakraborty for Baul Fakir Katha (essays); Dogri - Shiv Nath for Cheten di Chitkabri (essays); English - Upamanyu Chatterjee for The Mammaries of the Welfare State (novel); Gujarati - Amritlal Vegad for Saundaryani Madi Narmada (travelogue); Hindi - Viren Dangwal for Dushchakra Mein Srista (poetry); Kannada - Geetha Nagabhushana for Baduku (novel); Kashmiri - Ghulam Nabi Firaq for Sada te Samandar (poetry); Konkani - Jayanti Naik for Athang (short stories); Maithili - Chandrabhanu Singh for Shakuntala (epic); Malayalam - Paul Zachariah Zachariyayute Kathakal (short stories); Manipuri - Birendrajit Naorem for Lanthengnariba Lanmee (poetry); Marathi - Sadanand Deshmukh for Baromas (novel); Nepali - Jos Yonjan `Pyas' for Shanti Shandeha (poetry); Oriya - Prafulla Kumar Mohanty for Bharatiya Sanskruti O Bhagwadgita (essays); Punjabi - Sutinder Singh Noor for Kavita di Bhumika (criticism); Rajasthani - Nand Bhardwaj for Samhi Khulto Marag (novel); Sanskrit - Kala Nath Shastri for Akhyanavallari (fiction); Sindhi - Satish Rohra for Kavita Khan Kavita Tain (criticism); Tamil - Tamilaban for Vanakkam Valluva (poetry); Telugu - Naveen for Kalarekhalu (novel) and Urdu - Salam Bin Razzak for Shikasta Buton ke Darmiyan (short stories).

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