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Poets dominate Sahitya Akademi awards
New Delhi, Dec 21 (PTI) Well known poets Shafi Shauq (Kashmiri) and Darshan Darshi (Dogri), novelist Amar Mitra (Bengali) and playwright Ajmer Singh Aulakh (Punjab) are among the winners of this year's Sahitya Akademi awards which were announced today.

Poets dominated the awards with Darshi (Dogri), Gyanendrapati (Hindi), Shauq (Kashmiri), Banshidhar Sarangi (Oriya) and Harshdev Madhav (Sanskrit) being among the winners.

A total of seven books of poetry, four novels, four collections of short stories, three books each of plays and creative essays and one each of travelogue and biography have been chosen for the awards.

Those who won for their collection of short stories include Atulnanda Goswami (Assamese), Vibhuti Anand (Maithili) and M Sukumaran (Malayalam).

Among the novelists awarded this year are Amar Mitra (Bengali) and Aasha Boge (Marathi).

Noted playwrights Ajmer Singh Aulakh and Kirat Babti (Sindhi) are also among the winners.

The awardees alsop include travelogue writer Saratchand Thiyam while Sri Ram Chandra Murmu was chosen for his biography.

The awards were recommended by a jury comprising members representing 23 Indian languages and were approved by the board of the Sahitya Akademi.

The award for writing in English will be declared later.

The award, which will comprise of a copper plaque and a cheque of Rs 50,000, will be presented to the authors at a function to be held on February 20 next year.

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