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Assam: Dr. Pranavjyoti Deka along with two others, bags Sahitya Akademi award 2023

The Sahitya Akademi today formally announced its list of winners for the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2023. The awards were announced in categories across 24 languages.

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The Sahitya Akademi today formally announced its list of winners for the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2023. The awards were announced in categories across 24 languages. 

Awards were distributed in five categories – Poetry, Novel, Short Stories, Essays, and Literary Study, with a total of nine poetry books, six novels, five short story collections, three essays, and one literary study recognized with the Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2023.

Dr. Pranavjyoti Deka, a distinguished figure in short story writing, from Assam, secured the award for his Assamese book ‘Srestha Golpo’. This compilation of short stories was published by Pranabjyoti Deka in 2021.

In addition to Deka, another prominent literary figure from Assam has received recognition in the short story category. Nandeswar Daimary achieved the honor for his Bodo language book titled ‘Jui-Safarni Dakhwn’.

In addition to them, Judhabir Rana secured the award in the essay category in the Nepali language for his work ‘Nepali Loksahitya Ra Loksanskritiko Parichaya’.

Meanwhile, Manipur’s Sorokkhaibam Gambini bagged the award in the poetry category for the book titled ‘Yachangba Nang Hallo’.

Notably, the Assamese author, Dr. Pranavjyoti Deka, a distinguished figure in short story writing, novel writing, research, dictionary authorship, and professorship hailing from Assam, clinched the 2023 Sahitya Akademi Award for his noteworthy contributions to Assamese literature.

Dr. Pranavjyoti Deka, born on July 21, 1939, in Kolkata, is the son of Haliram Deka, the first Assamese judge. He concluded his advanced studies at Cotton College and Banaras Hindu University, earning a Master’s degree in Geology in 1961. Subsequently, he obtained his Doctorate in Economic Geology from the Leningrad School of Mines. In 1966, he assumed the role of a professor in the Department of Geology at Gauhati University.

The Sahitya Akademi announced that the books were chosen following recommendations from a three-member jury in the respective languages. These awards apply to books initially published between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2021. The award includes an engraved copper plaque, a shawl, and a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000. The award ceremony is scheduled to be held on March 12, 2024, at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi.

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