Sahitya Akademi Awards for the year 2011 were presented in Delhi on February 14. Among 23 authors, famous poets honoured with the Award are (late) Kabin Phukan (Assamese), Manindra Gupta (Bengali), Premananda Mosahari (Bodo), Naseem Shafaie (Kashmiri), Melvyn Rodrigues (Konkani), Harekrishna Satapathy (Sanskrit), Aditya Kumar Mandi (Santali) and Khaleel Mamoon (Urdu).
The Sahitya Akademi Award was posthumously given to noted poet, translator, academician and critic late Dr Kabin Phukan who belonged to the city Dibrugarh, Assam. Dr Phukan was a senior Professor of English Department in Dibrugarh University.
Premananda Mosahari was awarded for his book of poetry in Bodo, Okhafwrni Dwima.
Manipuri novelist Kshetri Bira got Sahitya Akademi Award 2011 for his novel Nangbu Ngaibada (Waiting for You).
The well-known novelists Kashinath Singh (Hindi), Gopalakrishna Pai (Kannada), Kshetri Bira (Manipuri), Kalpanakumari Devi (Odia), Baldev Singh (Punjabi), Atul Kanakk (Rajasthani) and S. Venkatesan (Tamil) also received the awards.
Lalit Magotra (Dogri), Grace (Marathi) and Samala Sadasiva (Telugu) got the Award for their books of essays.
Ramachandra Guha (English) for his book of Narrative History, Mohan Parmar (Gujarati) for his book of short stories, M. K. Sanu (Malayalam) for his book of biography and Mohan Gehani (Sindhi) for his book of plays have been honoured.
The Awards in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs. 1,00,000 was presented to the authors of these books at a special function held here today during the Festival of Letters organized by Sahitya Akademi. Eminent Hindi critic Prof. Namwar Singh was the chief guest of the function and Sumathy Sivamohan, Sahitya Akademi Premchand fellow was the guest of honour.