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Tagore Awards presented to 8 litterateurs

Honoured: First lady of the Republic of Korea Kim Yoon-ok with recipients of the first "Tagore Literature Awards 2009" in New Delhi on Monday.

Honoured: First lady of the Republic of Korea Kim Yoon-ok with recipients of the first "Tagore Literature Awards 2009" in New Delhi on Monday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: PTI

Sandeep Joshi

For their contributions to eight languages

NEW DELHI: Eight litterateurs on Monday were awarded the first Tagore Literature Awards 2009 for their contributions to Bengali, Bodo, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Punjabi and Telugu. Instituted by the Sahitya Akademi and Samsung Electronics, the winners were chosen from across different genres of essays, poetry, biography and autobiography for literary works between 2005 and 2008.

First Lady of the Republic of Korea Kim Yoon-ok presented the awards to Alok Sarkar for “Apapabhumi” (Bengali), Brajendra Kumar Brahma for “Raithaihala” (Bodo), Bhagwandas Patel for “Mari Lokyatra” (Gujarati), Rajee Seth for “Ghame-Hayat Ne Mara” (Hindi), Naseem Shafai for “Na Thsay Na Akas” (Kashmiri), Chandrasekhar Kambar for “Shikara Soorya” (Kannada), Jaswant Singh Kanwal for “Punya Daa Chanan” (Punjabi) and Kovela Suprasannacharya for “Antharangam” (Telugu).

Speaking on the occasion, Sahitya Akademi secretary Agrahara Krishna Murthy said: “The initiative taken by the Korean government and the Korean Embassy towards instituting Tagore Literature Awards for Indian languages is a fine gesture, which leads to promotion of Indian literature as well as cultural and literary bonds between the two countries.”

J. S. Shin, president and CEO, Samsung South West Asia Headquarters, said: “The Tagore Literature Awards seek to recognise and promote excellence in Indian literature, thereby contributing to the richness of Indian literature. Named after the legendary Rabindranath Tagore, as revered in Korea as he is in India, the awards celebrate the power of literature to unify people across religions, regions and cultures.”

Each award carries prize money of Rs. 91,000, a trophy and a citation.

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