The northeast writers are Anupama Dutta Saikia (from Assam in Assamese language), Shyamal Bhattacharya (from Tripura in Bengali language), L. Birendra Kumar Sharma (from Manipur in Manipuri language) and Uthrisar Khungur Basumatary (from Assam in Bodo language).
Saikia has translated a Kannada novel, Bhattacharya translated Punjabi short stories, Basumatary translated an Assamese novel, and Sharma translated noted writer and journalist Khuswant Singh’s novel “Train to Pakistan”. The prize carries an amount of Rs.50, 000, an stamped copper plaque and a citation.
The awards would be presented throughout a special function at Thrissur in Kerala August 16, according to an official release of the Sahitya Akademi.
Agrahara Krishna Murthy, Sahitya Akademi secretary said that “Sahitya Akademi headed by renowned litterateur Sunil Gangopadhyay recently selected 23 writers of as many languages across the country.”