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Arun Khopkar, Cyrus Mistry, K R meera are among Sahitya Akademi winners

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Playwright and novelist Cyrus Mistry’s English novel ‘Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer’ and K R Meera’s ‘Aarachar’ in Malayalam, Arun Khopkar, uday bhembre (konkani) are among the works that have won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award. The two works of fiction are among the four novels and six books, each of short stories and poetry, two books each of essays, criticism and plays and one of memoirs, that have won. The awards were recommended by distinguished jury members representing 23 Indian languages and approved by the Executive Board of the Akademi. The award comprising an engraved plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh will be presented to the writers at a function. However, the award in Bengali will be announced at a later date.

The Akademi also announced Bhasha Samman to writer and scholar Shrikant Bahulkar in recognition of his contribution to classical and medieval literature.