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Sahitya Akademi finally condemns killings of writers

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New Delhi: The Sahitya Akademi for the first time on Friday condemned the killing of writers and urged the writers to take back the awards they returned in anguish against the Akademi’s silence so far on the issue.

The appeal followed a meeting of the Akademi’s executive board, Krishnaswamy Nachimuthu, an Akademi member and a Tamil scholar, told the media here.

Over 100 litterateurs have returned their Akademi awards to protest primarily against the attacks by some Hindutva groups on writers and thinkers like MM Kalburgi.

The writers also cited the lynching of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh over rumours that he ate beef as an example of growing intolerance in the country and took out a peaceful march here on Friday.

Kalburgi was killed in August this year followed by a series of protests by writers over growing religious intolerance across the country, but the Akademi has been silent till date.

Another noted writer, Govind Pansare was attacked on February 16 in Kolhapur when he was shot at from a close range. Pansare, 81, died of bullet injuries four days later.

(IANS)

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Renowned Classical Singer Kishori Amonkar passes away at 84

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Classical Singer Kishori Amonkar (middle), Twitter

Mumbai, April 4, 2017: Renowned classical singer Kishori Amonkar passed away shortly before midnight, family sources said here on Tuesday.

She was 84 and breathed her last at her Dadar west home.

In her singing career spanning seven decades, she was revered as ‘Gaan-Saraswati’. Belonging to the Jaipur Gharana, she was conferred the Padma Vibhushan and Sahitya Akademi Award among many others.

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A widow, she is survived by two sons and grandchildren.

Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar said she was depply pained to hear about Amonkar’s demise. “She was a unique and extraordinary classical singer. Her demise spells a huge loss for the world of music.”

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday evening at Shivaji Park Crematorium. (IANS)

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Sahitya Akademi’s extravagant Celebration of Literature kicks off in Delhi

Festival of Letters, the annual fest organised by Sahitya akademi has kick-started with the dignified presence of prominent personalities

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New Delhi, Feb 22, 2017:  An extravagant celebration of literature, marked by the presence of over 200 writers, scholars, poets, translators and critics from all over Indiais on offer at the ongoing Festival of Letters organised by the Sahitya Akademi here.

The festival officially kicked off on Tuesday with eminent Kannada writer and Fellow of Sahitya Akademi, S.L. Bhyrappa inaugurating three-day-long event.

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The theme for this year’s Festival is Folklore and Oral Literature of India, the Akademi said in a statement. Sahitya Akademi Awards will be conferred on 24 writers on Wednesday at Kamani Auditorium here.

Eminent scholar and Historian Ramachandra Guha will be delivering “Samvatsar Lecture” on Thursday. The topic of his lecture will be “The Craft of Historical Biography”.

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“This year, the festival is starting on 21st February 2017, which is the international Mother Tongue Day and the Akademi is also organising a two-day National Seminar on “Protecting Mother Tongues,” where a number of literary stalwarts will participate,” Sahitya Akademi Secretary K Sreenivasarao said.

The Festival of Letters will culminate on February 26. (IANS)

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Sahitya Akademi’s annual festival to begin from 21 Feb in New Delhi

A number of dignitaries from all over India will take part in Sahitya Akademis annual "Festival of Letters" which will have exhibitions and cultural events

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New Delhi, February 20, 2017:  Over 200 distinguished writers, scholars, poets, translators and critics from all over Indiaare all set to participate in Sahitya Akademi’s annual “Festival of Letters,” starting here on Tuesday.

During the Festival, the Akademi will present its annual awards for creative writing and hold its Annual Exhibition, the Samvatsar Lecture and a National Seminar on a topic of literary importance, among other events.

 The theme for this year’s Festival is Folklore and Oral Literature of India, Akademi said in a statement.

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The Akademi exhibition (showcasing glimpses of Akademi’s activities in 2016) will be inaugurated by eminent Sanskrit scholar Prof. Satyavrat Shastri on Tuesday morning.

Sahitya Akademi Awards will be conferred on 24 writers on Wednesday at Kamani Auditorium here.

Eminent scholar and Historian Ramachandra Guha will be delivering “Samvatsar Lecture” on Thursday. The topic of his lecture will be “The Craft of Historical Biography”.

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“This year, the festival is starting on 21st February 2017, which is the international Mother Tongue Day and the Akademi is also organising a two-day National Seminar on “Protecting Mother Tongues,” where a number of literary stalwarts will participate,” Sahitya Akademi Secretary K Sreenivasarao said.

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A number of cultural events have also been scheduled for the evenings. These include Lai Haraoba, a Mao and Kabuli Dance by Jawaharlal Manipur Dance Academy, Baul songs by Raja Hasan, Bharatnatyam by Sandhya Purecha and Kutch Music by Kala Varso Trust, among others.

The Festival of Letters will culminate on February 26. (IANS)

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