September 27, 2023

Sahitya Akademi Award

  • The Union Ministry of Culture recently expressed its intent to change the process of nomination for the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards.


  • The award was established in 1954.
  • It is a literary honour, conferred annually on writers of most outstanding books of literary merit published in any of the major Indian languages.
  • Besides 22 languages enumerated in Constitution, English and Rajasthani language are also recognised.
  • The Sahitya Akademi award is the second-highest literary honour by the Government of India, after the Jnanpith award.
  • Award includes a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and an amount of Rs. 1,00,000/-
  • The Sahitya Akademi functions as an autonomous organisation registered as a society under Societies Registration Act, 1860.


  • It is the highest literary award in India and can only be conferred annually upon an Indian citizen.
  • English along with other languages in 8th Schedule, is considered for the Award.
  • Award carries cash award of Rs. 11 lakhs, a citation, and a bronze replica of Vagdevi (Saraswati), the goddess of learning.
  • It is sponsored by the cultural organization Bharatiya Jnanpith.


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