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  • Context (TH): Lakshmisha Tolpadi bags the Sahitya Akademi Award in the essays category.
  • Tolpadi’s work is a collection of essays on Vyasa Mahabharatha which are Vyasa’s commentaries on worldview through the eyes of Kannada scholar.
  • Other works of Tolpadi: Mahamadana Balige Baradiddare, Sampige Bhagavatha, Balu, Mahayuddhakke Munna, Anandalahari, and Bhakthina Nepadalli.
  • Sahitya Akademi Awards is a literary honor conferred annually by the Sahitya Akademy, the National Academy of Letters.
  • It was established in 1954.
  • It is the 2nd highest literary honor after the Jnanpith Award.
  • It is conferred for literary works in 24 languages (22 Official Languages of the 8th Schedule of IC, English and Rajasthani).
  • The awardees are presented with cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a plaque.

Criteria

  • The author must be of Indian Nationality.
  • The book must be an outstanding contribution to the language and literature to which it belongs.
  • In case of similar worth of two works, factors such as overall literary contribution and author’s standing would be considered.

Other Sahitya Akademi Awards

  • Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar: Honors authors for contribution to Children’s literature
  • Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar: Honors novels written by authors below the age of 35 years.

Sahitya Akademi

  • Founded in 1954, it is an organization dedicated to the promotion of literature in the Indian languages.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Culture.
  • Its office is located in Delhi.
  • It initially functioned under executive order but was subsequently registered as a society under the Indian Societies Registration Act of 1860.
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