The Sahitya Akademi award function here on Tuesday was disrupted for a while when right-wing organisations protested against awarding a Telugu writer for his novel, Draupadi, claiming the book was demeaning the mythological character.

When Y. Laxmi Prasad’s name was announced at the function at Kamani Auditorium this evening, protesters raised slogans against the writer. Draupadi has bagged the award in the Telugu novel section.

The protesters under the aegis of Siksha Bachao Sangh and Bharatiya Sahitya Parishad among others also blocked traffic near Mandi House, where the function was held.

The protesters alleged that there was an obscene reference to Draupadi.