Sanskriti Literature Awards
is aimed at encouraging creative or reflective writing
in English, Hindi and other Indian languages, published
within the specified award period. The literary
genres of poetry, short story, novel, drama, critique,
biography, as well as humour, satire, essays, philosophy
etc., will be considered for this award.
Last three years Awardees
Thoudam Netrajit Singh
a promising young voice in contemporary Punjabi literature.
Her poetry has delicate rhythm, which enhances its
communicability. It delves deep into the psyche and
consciousness of women and brings forth their experience
and turbulence. At the same time, her poetry also
addresses wider issues and subjects of her society.
The most remarkable fact is that her poetry and other
writings embody immense love for human life.
Her first two collections ‘Dishadiyon Ton Par’
and ‘Chup De Rang’ came out in 2002 and
2005 respectively. She also wrote a biographical account
of noted Punjabi theatre artist Joginder Baharla in
the year 2006 which was a huge success and attracted
widespread attention of critics. In 2008, her epic
‘Bhagat Singh: Anathak Jivangatha’ was
published, where she has portrayed the life and struggles
of Bhagat Singh from a distinct creative lens, not
only from the ideological standpoint. The credit for
being the first poetess in Punjabi language creating
an epic also goes to Inderjit Nandan.
Inderjit has deep social commitments. She says: ‘Literature
refines individual. The work of a writer is to provide
direction to society, but for that, a writer is required
to correctly determine his or her own direction. She
or he should never forget her or his responsibility
towards the society”. This strong commitment
moves Inderjit ahead and engages her in numerous social
Her passion for poetry is evident in her own words
“I cannot live without poetry. The part of my
life, which I have not shared with anyone, has been
shared with poetry.”
is one of the powerful emerging voices in the Dalit
literature coming out from Maharashtra. His first
autobiographical work Birad proved to be a
trail-blazer with its brutal candidness and immediacy
of the appeal. Marked by a rare balance of intensity
of expression and seemingly detached presentation
of all that he as an individual hailing from disadvantaged
moorings went through, his story raised some questions
about the superficiality of the socio-economic development
scorching enough to make thinking minds think afresh
about the issues. His is not a yet another Dalit story,
punctuated alternately with wails of helplessness,
and fists raised in protest, it is much more.
His second work Elanmal, is an extension of
his debutant work Birad. The form of novel
offered him a new freedom to blend the facts with
fiction. His writing acquires a sharper edge here
reflecting sufferings of the people who are brazenly
exploited by the rich, ‘better educated’
and the upper caste. His works offer a window to the
caste pyramid and the way it takes toll on the lowest
wrung for generations on end and the past has its
feet buried deep in the quagmire of irrational and
unfair repression, and the present is only a shade
different. The foreseeable future offers no magic
carpet for something rooted so deep.
Ashok Pawar has come on the literary scene without
any precursor and has no isms to lean on. His is a
tale told in stark simplicity, his expression untamed
by the rules of sophistication giving new expressions
to Marathi stemming from the nomadic dialect he has
grown up with. His novels, ‘Thangpata’
and ‘Gardal’ are ready for publications.
He has been honored with 13 awards so far.
one of the prominent young poets of Manipur passed
his matriculation in 1993 from Salam village but could
not progress further in his study because of health
issues. Despite writing being an uphill task, he wrote
of his undying faith in the emotional integrity of
the people, using poetry and short story as his modes
of expression. He has written of the bleeding populace
of Manipur, the helpless innocent who are being crushed
between the armed insurgents and the security forces.
His first collection of poems ‘Imphal Sahar,’
published in 1995, reflects the traumatic experience
of the young poet. In addition, he has published 4
books, viz: Saharagee Meekap (1996, The Wailing Cries
of the Sahara, short stories), Ei Khutlai Paide (1997,
I Don’t Hold Weapons, poetry), Kangshinkhraba
Mitkee Pee (2000, Dried up Tears), Lanphamsida (2006,
In this Battle, poetry).
His poetry deals with the many contemporary situations
of Manipur, particularly violation of human rights,
longing for peace, disappointments of younger generations,
exploitation, etc. Most of his poems are short but
they are charged with force and strength. His use
of symbols and imagery is lively and powerful.
He has presented his poems in forums like the All
India Literary Conference (2004) of the Progressive
Writers’ Association, Hyderabad and SAARC Poetry
Festival (2008). He has also participated in the International
Conference on Manipuri Literature (2009) of the Bangladesh
Manipuri Sahitya Sansad. He was honoured with Yuba
Puraskar in 2006 for Saharagee Meekap by Bhartiya
Bhasha Parishad, Kolkata besides winning other laurels.