ART & CULTURE

Writers Anger: Sahitya Akademi convenes emergency meeting 

AMN / The Sahitya Akademi has convened an emergency meeting of its executive board comprising 24 writers representing different Indian languages on October 23rd to discuss the issue of a string of writers returning their Akademi awards in protests against growing intolerance in society. Sahitya Akademi President Vishwanath Pratap Tiwari said the meeting has been … Continue reading Writers Anger: Sahitya Akademi convenes emergency meeting 

Noted Kashmiri writer Ghulam Nabi Khayal returns Sahitya awards

AMN / Noted Kashmiri writer and poet Ghulam Nabi Khayal has joined the authors returning their Sahitya Akademi awards in the wake of Dadri lynching incident. He told media that he decided to return the award as the minorities in the country are feeling unsafe and threatened. Khayal said the government has failed in fulfilling its … Continue reading Noted Kashmiri writer Ghulam Nabi Khayal returns Sahitya awards

After protest from writers, Sahitya Akademi speaks for secular values

AMN / Following protest over attacks on writer and secular values of India, Sahitya Akademi today broke its silence saying it is committed to freedom of expression and secular values of country. In a statement, Chairperson of the country’s highest literary institution, Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, said Sahitya Akademi condemns attack on and murder of any writer … Continue reading After protest from writers, Sahitya Akademi speaks for secular values

More and More Writers returning Sahitya Akademi Awards

AMN Three Punjabi writers and two other renowned authors from Gujarat and Delhi – on Sunday joined the brigade of other eminent writers in the country who have returned their Sahitya Akademi Awards. They were protesting against the government’s “onslaught on freedom of expression and secularism” . Playwrights Ajmer Aulakh and Atamjit and Canada-based Waryam … Continue reading More and More Writers returning Sahitya Akademi Awards

Legendary Tamil actor Manorama passes away

The veteran South Indian film actor Manorama passed away in Chennai last night following a cardiac arrest. She was 78. Fondly called as “Aachchi,” she has performed in versatile supporting roles in more than a thousand films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She has acted with five chief ministers like Annadurai, MG Ramachandran, … Continue reading Legendary Tamil actor Manorama passes away

Australia to return 2000 year old Buddha idol to India

An Australian art gallery has agreed to give a 2,000-year-old Buddha sculpture back to India. Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) officials said, the Sitting Buddha sculpture, whose roots could be traced to Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, is currently with a national art gallery in Canberra, Australia. ASI sources said, the Australian art gallery intimated the Union … Continue reading Australia to return 2000 year old Buddha idol to India

Why I am Returning My Sahitya Akademi Award

 Nayantara Sahgal  In a recent lecture, India’s Vice-President, Dr. Hamid Ansari, found it necessary to remind us that India’s Constitution promises all Indians “liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship.” The right to dissent is an integral part of this Constitutional guarantee. He found it necessary to do so because India’s culture of diversity … Continue reading Why I am Returning My Sahitya Akademi Award

Eminent author Nayantara Sehgal returns Sahitya award

Eminent author and niece of Jawaharlal Nehru, Nayantara Sehgal today returned the Sahitya Akademi award. Nayantara Sehgal said she was resigning in protest against increasing intolerance towards right to dissent in the country. Citing various incidents of killings of writers and rationalists including M Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, she said that rationalists who question superstition … Continue reading Eminent author Nayantara Sehgal returns Sahitya award

Vyaas Samman conferred on eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka

The prestigious 24th Vyaas Samman for 2014 was conferred on eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka for his work ‘Premchand ki Kahaniyon ka Kaal Kramanusaar Adhyayan’. Dr Goenka’s work is a critical analysis of the work by Hindi literature’s towering the giant Munshi Premchand. He was awarded a citation along with a cash amount … Continue reading Vyaas Samman conferred on eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka

Language should be inclusive; says PM at Hindi conference

andalib akhter / AMN Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that a Language should be ‘inclusive’ if it wanted to expand its base and popularity among people. ” Our language should not be exclusive, rather it should be inclusive only then it will expand and get acceptance among the people”, PM said while inaugurating the … Continue reading Language should be inclusive; says PM at Hindi conference

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