Booker-nominated Jeet Thayil and Bengali novelist Subrata Mukhopadhyaya were among the 24 authors selected for this year’s Sahitya Akademi Awards, which was dominated by poets.
Twelve of the 24 awards went to works of poets, which included K Sachitandandan (Malayalam — ‘Marannu Vacha Vazhikal’), late Bal Krishna ‘Bhaura’ (Dogri — ‘Tim—Tim Karde Tare’) and Makhan Lal Kanwal (Kashmiri — ‘Yath Aangnaz Manz’).
Thayil, whose novel ‘Narcopolis’ was shortlisted for Booker Prize, was selected for his poetry collection ‘These Errors are Correct’ in English category.
The Akademi said 12 books of poetry, six short story collections, four novels and one each of autobiography and criticism were selected for the awards this year, two of them posthumously.
The awards were given to books first published between January 2008 and December 2010. The award carries Rs one lakh cash, engraved copper plaque and a shawl.
Among the poets, other winners are Guneswar Musahary (Bodo — Boro Khonthai), Chandrakant Devtale (Hindi — Pathar Fenk Raha Hoon), H.S. Shivaprakash (Kannada — Mabbina Haage Kabniveyassi), Kashinath Shamba Lolienkar (Konkani — Kavyasutra) and Darsan Buttar (Punjabi — Maha Kambani).
In Gujarati, Chandrakant Topiwala’s critical study ’Gujarati Sakshibhasya’ was selected for the award.