Three writers from Bihar have been named for Sahitya Akademi Award 2020. The National Academy of Letters announced the names on Friday at its annual ‘’Festival of Letters’’ event.
Anamika of Muzaffarpur has been selected in Hindi for her Tokri Mein Digant ‘Theri Gatha’ (2014 poetry), Darbhanga’s Kamalkant Jha’s Gachh Roosal Achhi (short stories) in Maithili and Gaya’s Hussain-ul-Haque’s Amawas Mein Khwaab (novel published in 2017) in Urdu were adjudged the best in their respective languages for the award.
Anamika, currently an English literature professor at Satyawati college in the University of Delhi, was born in 1961 in Muzaffarpur. She graduated from Delhi University with MA in English Literature. She did D.Litt from Delhi University.
With this award she has become the first woman in the country to receive the Sahitya Akademi Award in Hindi for her poetry collection.
She is also the third literary writer in Bihar to win Sahitya Akademi Award for Hindi poetry after Ramdhari Singh Dinkar and Arun Kamal.
Anamika has authored eight collections of poetry, which include Anushtup, Doob-dhaan, Khurdari Hatheliyaan, Tokri mein Digant, and Paani ko Sab Yaad thaa. Her poems have been translated into English and compiled in a collection titled My Typewriter is My Piano.
Her other work includes being a fiction writer, translator and literary critics, who has translated many poems in Russian language as well. She is known to have won numerous awards including Rajbhasha Parishad Award, Sahitya Samman, Bharat Bhushan Agarwal and Kedar Samman.
Kamalkant Jha, born in Haripur in Madhubani District of Bihar, now stays in Jayanagar.
The 80-year-old has been in the literary field for 55 years. He has authored 22 books till date writing his first book in 1965. His other work includes poems, essays and plays.
Having association with social and cultural departments in the past, he was the Chairman of International Maithili council and President of Literature Institute Jyotsna Mandal in Jayanagar.
Kamalkant Jha becomes the second author to win Sahitya Akedemi award from his village Haripur. Upendra Jha Vyas was the first author to receive Sahitya Akademi award fifty years back, in Haripur.
With twenty-seven stories in Gachh Roosal Achhi, he has portrayed the worries of society around environment.
Hussain-ul-Haq, lives in New Karimganj have now retired as head of the Urdu department and proctor of Magadh University.
After Abdul Samad, Mazhar Imam, Ilyas Ahmed Gaddi, Professor Jabir Hussain he is the fifth Urdu writer from Bihar to receive the Sahitya Akademi Award.
His work includes eight story collections, three novels (Bolo Mat Chup Raho, Furat and Amawas Mein Khwab) more than 30 research papers published and 200 stories have been published in standard literary magazines of Urdu world. Dozens of them are translated in Hindi, English and Punjabi.
Amavas Mein Khwab. (Dreams in dark night) is based on a story about the changing socio-political environment in the time period between 1930 and 1950.
“The books were selected on the recommendations of a jury of three members in the languages concerned following the procedure laid down for the purpose. The awards relate to books first published during the five years immediately preceding the year of the award (between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2018),” the Akademi press release said.
The National Academy of Letters awards 24 languages every year. The 2020 winners’ list includes seven books of poetry, four novels, five short stories, two plays, and one each of memoirs and epic poetry in 20 Indian languages. The awards for Malayalam, Nepali, Odia and Rajasthani will be announced later, said the Akademi.
The award includes a casket containing an engraved copper plaque, a shawl and Rs1,00,000. The date of the award presentation function will be announced later.