ART & CULTURE

Novelist from varanasi Kashi Nath Singh returns Sahitya award

AMN / Noted Hindi novelist Kashi Nath Singh has announced to return his Sahitya Akademi award in protest against the Dadri lynching incident and the killing of Kannada writer MM Kalburgi. Singh had received the award in 2011 for his novel, ‘Rehan Par Ragghu’. He is best known for his novel, ‘kashi ka Assi’, which … Continue reading Novelist from varanasi Kashi Nath Singh returns Sahitya award

Rajasthani writer Nand Bhardwaj returns Akademi award

Rajasthani litterateur Nand Bhardwaj has returned his Sahitya Akademi award, blaming the literary body of failing to “protect” the rights of writers. In a letter to Secretary of Sahitya Akademi yesterday, Bhardwaj, also attached a check of Rs 50,000 which he got with the award in 2004 and sent “prateek chinh” (logo) separately. He said, … Continue reading Rajasthani writer Nand Bhardwaj returns Akademi award

Punjabi writer Dalip Kaur Tiwana returns Padma Shri

AMN / Well Known Punjabi writer Dalip Kaur Tiwana has also joined the group of writers who have returned their literary award. She said that she would return her Padma Shri in protest against the rising communal tension in the country. She wrote in a letter to the Central government that, to kill those who … Continue reading Punjabi writer Dalip Kaur Tiwana returns Padma Shri

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

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