2 Odisha Writers To Receive Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award

Bhubaneswar: Kendra Sahitya Akademi has announced names of winners for the year 2024. Two from Odisha have found a place in the list. The two Odia writers have been selected for the prestigious Kendra Sahitya Akademi awards in two different categories.

This was announced by the Kendra Sahitya Akademi after its executive body meeting held on Saturday under the chairmanship of its president Madhav Kaushik.

While Manas Ranjan Samal has been selected to receive the prestigious Kendra Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar, Sanjay Kumar Panda will be presented the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar.

Samal has been selected for the award for his short stories book- ‘Gapa Kalika’. Similarly, Panda has been selected for the award for his book- ‘Hu Baia’, also a collection of short stories in Odia.

The books were selected based on recommendations made by the jury comprising three members each in the concerned language as per the rules and procedures laid down for the purpose.

As per the procedure, the executive board declares the awards based on a unanimous or majority vote by the jury, the Akademi said in a press release.

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