Four scholars have been awarded the prestigious Sahitya Akademi ‘Bhasha Samman’ for contribution to classical and medieval literature in various languages. K Meenakshi Sundaram has been selected for contributions to Classical and Medieval Literature (Southern) for year 2013 while Acharya Munishwar Jha has been recognised for Classical and Medieval Literature (Eastern) for the year 2014, the Akademi said in a statement yesterday.
Charu Chandra Pande and Mathuradutt Mathpal have been jointly recognised for their work towards the enrichment of Kumauni. The ‘Bhasha Samman’ carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, an inscribed copper plaque and a citation.
Meenakshi sundaram has written scholarly essays on Tirukkural and made rich contribution to medieval Tamil literature. Acharya Munishwar Jha has made valuable contribution in the area of Sanskrit literature.